About the Author
He attended New York University, fully expecting to attend Medical School upon graduation. Instead, he wound up in law school. After enduring two years studying torts, contracts, corporate, real estate, and other legal matters - try curling up with the laws of riparian rights on a cold winter night - he decided there had to be a more interesting way to earn a living. Fortuitously advertising beckoned, and he found his niche.
Inevitably, retirement came. After several months of doing absolutely nothing and hating it, Ira's wife asked how he planned to keep busy. He didn't have an answer. She suggested he try writing fiction. He patiently explained that he had never taken a creative writing course - and didn't plan to. And, he reminded her, marketing plans were the only pieces of fiction he had ever written. But with nothing else going on he took her advice.
Ira's first effort at fiction garnered fifty rejections. But a few were encouraging, so he kept at it. His second effort, FAMILY MATTERS, the first book in the Jackson Steeg Mystery Series, was published in 2006 and won the Washington Irving Award for literary merit. And he repeated with OLD FLAME, published in 2008. In 2010, SINNERS' BALL, the third book in the series, won the Shamus Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel Of The Year. The fourth novel in the series, BLACK ANGEL was published in 2013.
Ira is writing full time and considers himself lucky. There isn't a day he doesn't look forward to going to work.