More About the Author
I am the son of a barefoot Florida cowboy and a beauty queen from the Land of Cotton who ventured North to raise their children in the long shadow of New York City. When I was a teenager, my family moved from a blue collar, melting pot to a segregated and conservative enclave of Southern California, an event which forever altered my world view.
I studied English and Film at Boston University and UCLA and have worked as a screen and television writer, a journalist, and as a producer of reality television in addition to a thousand and one other professions. I have always had more blue than white in my collar.
Prophets of the Ghost Ants is my first original novel, a tale inspired during a trip to the Yucatan when I witnessed a battle for a Spanish peanut by two different tribes of ants. That night I dreamed of armies of tiny men on the backs of red and black ants. After doing years of research on insects and human social systems, the plot was revealed to me like a streaming, technicolor prophecy on the sixth night of Burning Man when the effigy goes up in flames.
The premise for my novel is not a scientific one, but there is science in it, so if I have to be put in a camp, then I stake my tent in science-fantasy. The fantasies I like are all allegories like Perfume, The Never Ending Story, Wicked, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, Harry Potter and The Golden Compass. The power of these narratives comes from depicting our usual human situations in the guise of something else. Asking if the people in my world could really get that small is like asking if the pigs, chickens and horses of Animal Farm could talk or if there is really such a place as Hogwarts.
Some of my favorite books are the classics of science fiction, all of which have an element of fantasy if they involve time travel or traveling faster than the speed of light (or through a worm hole) to another solar system. As a child I had hopes of enlisting in Star Fleet Academy, but any physicist worth his neutrons will tell us that kind of space travel will never be possible.
Up until this novel, my play Self Help or the Tower of Psychobabble, had been my favorite writing experience because wherever it was performed, they never changed a word of it. Such are the rules of theater. I would not alter this novel for some interested publishers who wondered if it would appeal to certain audiences with its frank depictions of insect and human behavior. I wrote the novel I would love to read. I hope you love it too.
I am currently at work on the sequel to Ghost Ants as well as the screenplay adaptation. I live with my family in Los Angeles where I enjoy tennis, volleyball, song writing and painting. A friend of mine calls my paintings "Grandma Moses on acid" which I take as the highest compliment. You can see a few of them here if you type in my name:
I appreciate your interest in me and my book.