Like so many writers in Hollywood, I've sold scripts and had lot of things "optioned" by movie companies that don't show up on the IMDb.com. My three young adult "You Solve It" mystery novels were optioned for a TV series on the late Nashville Network. Selling two screenplays within a couple of months, with money in the bank to make both, and then the movies not getting made, caused me to turn to writing books, but I'm still a working screenwriter.
There were 13 people in my graduating high school class in Anna, Texas, and a population of 753 listed on the town sign. People knew each other's business; it was said you couldn't sneeze without someone offering you a handkerchief.
One of these days I'll rewrite my novel about those times. Despite extreme hardships due to parental troubles, growing up in Texas was idyllic in many ways, brain food for an aspiring writer. I ventured onto a lifelong path to learn about mental illness, philosophy, religion, and how to make things better. I've been homeless as a kid and more than once as an adult, and all I can say is, God pulled me through because He has a plan for me. I'm committed to helping others, and some times I feel legions of angels help me make it through.
I've loved seeing America. On a visit to the Washington D.C. in 2002, we took in a number of sites including the Jefferson Memorial. My kids thought I looked "just like" our nation's third President, which is interesting because at one point I planned to do a one-man show about him. I have a large library of Jefferson books, have visited Monticello, and think his thoughts are ever more applicable today.
I spend a lot of time on Facebook, where I've accumulated almost 5,000 like-minded friends. Meanwhile, as I work on finishing commitments on books for others, I'm studying quantum physics and things I lectured on at Pepperdine University.
Future Oscar winner Haley Press with Tom Hanks and director Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 at the L.A. shooting range where Haley was a firearms instructor and the go-to guy for celebrities. He got his first IMDb.com credits on two TV shows in 2010 thanks to people he met at the range. He's a sharpshooter so good that SWAT team members and FBI agents approached him.
Early in 2011, Haley was research and production for B.A.S.E. Productions and the #1 series on SyFy Channel - "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files." In 2015 "Branded" the human trafficking documentary he produced and starred in while producing at OneAmerica Network in San Diego won an Emmy. Not bad for 24 years old!
In 2018, he started doing standup with full crowds at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. In 2019, his social media videos got milions of views and he's now doing social media for The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. He's also an excellent screenwriter.
My daughter Holly Olivia Press, taken when she was a freshman at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas in the fall of 2010, a great school whose last football team was coached by none other than future President Dwight David Eisenhower. Holly found the school and got accepted all on her own. I was very proud of her 3.6 average the first semester, her straight As the second semester, and the fact that she speaks French and was learning Chinese. She made it just fine through the first semester even though she broke her foot the first week there!
In 2011 she got both YMCA and Red Cross certified as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and did that part time in San Antonio in her sophomore year. In 2012, she was the lighting technician at Sea World in San Antonio. Now she's into the healing arts in No. Carolina and is also moving up the corporate ladder with a major food chain.
I've won awards you've probably never heard of, had plays produced you never attended (although the L.A. Times did, and liked them). I've written for TV shows you probably never saw, had optioned and sold feature screenplays you've never seen on the screen. I even wrote for Reader's Digest. Get in touch if you think we could do something together.