I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season.
I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into
writing and storytelling.
While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school’s paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University’s Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.
My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger.
After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery.
My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself.
Writing Jew in Jail – as I was doing my time – allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem.
Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
You may contact me at Gman18NYC@aol.com for signed copies of Jew in Jail, questions or comments, or to come speak.
What inspires you to write?
Just to have the privilege of knowing that people are reading something I created from scratch, and hoping they can enjoy getting a glimpse into my private and personal world.
I also love being to help others through my writing, whether if it is recovering from an addiction, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, or anything else for that matter.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wake up early and prefer writing in the daytime.
Once I start, I can usually write for hours straight from my head, or until my back begins to hurt!
However, I always make sure to either get up and stretch every once in a while, or grab something to eat in order to stay loose and break up any possible writer’s block.
On those rare occasions that I do get stuck, I simply tuirn on the radio and listen to some music or the news until I regain my train of thought.
After completing what I have written, I make sure to proofread it to catch any possible typos or mistakes in grammar, before sending it off to be published.
What advice would you give other writers?
As far as writing goes, it would be to find your “hook,” or unique way to market your book, and never give up trying to get noticed in the literary world.
When it comes to life in general, never being ashamed or too proud to ask for help if and when the need arises, since we, as human beings, are all here to assist each other.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Jew in Jail was self-published through Create Space, since, as a first-time author with no traditional publishers knocking on my door, this was best for me!
As for any new authors out there, it is always a personal choice as to whether or not to self-publish your own books or seek a traditional publisher, because there are pros and cons with each.
So my advice would be to speak to people in the business, like other authors, publishers or agents before deciding on what will be best for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think reading in general has sadly decreased, especially among the younger population who prefer to spend more time on video games and using their many gadgets.
However, there will always be a core group who love reading books in any form, although I see e-books becoming even increasingly more popular than print books in the near future.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print