Happy New Year, and happy to say that I’ve been asked about the possibility of putting out an ebook of the Elvis bio I wrote with Peter Harry Brown in the late Nineties. Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley (Dutton) got some nice reviews when it was first published (the Toronto Star called it “by far the most comprehensive examination of the Presley phenomenon yet written”), and has had an interesting afterlife. (The late Johnny Ramone included it in his Top Ten Elvis Presley Books list; it’s also received considerable digital ink from bloggers.) Hoping to make this new incarnation happen.
Got to speak to handsome and charming John Stamos for the December issue of Orange Coast, for the cover story “Growing Up in O.C.” The same piece includes my interviews with Olympic gold medalist swimmer Janet Evans, director Penelope Spheeris, actors Ted McGinley and Linda Emond, and singer Mark McGrath.
As I’m posting this on Turkey Day, I should point out that I’m thankful to have had so many bylines over the past year!
Orange County Confidential: Shadows amid all the sunshine
In November’s issue of Orange Coast, I explore crime in O.C., via a 12-page spread – a compendium – that looks at significant cases, past and present; leading crime-solvers (including cold case investigator Larry Montgomery of the D.A.’s office and O.C. Crime Lab forensic scientist Mary Hong); local crime writers, and more.
What makes for a multi-million $$$$ home? A view doesn’t hurt
Along with checking out the crime beat, I also contributed the cover story for Orange Coast’s November issue: on O.C.’s Grandest Homes. It was a tough assignment, but somebody had to do it — touring six absolutely amazing homes, all in South County (translation: coastal views) — with estimated values ranging from $12 million to $40 million. I’m still drooling!
It’s a reality check with a busy producer of unscripted TV
Ever wonder who some of the folks are behind TV’s reality show blitz? See my piece in the August issue of Emmy, about Jenny Daly of T Group Productions. The company has sold more than 20 unscripted series over the past 18 months!
A Sisters in Crime/Mystery Writers of America mash-up
For the annual summertime joint meeting of Orange County Sisters in Crime and So-Cal Mystery Writers of America, we’re featuring an authors’ panel that will explore Asian themes in crime fiction. Should be an intriguing “wok on the wild side.”
I watched a few episodes of Fox’s hit series “Sleepy Hollow” before checking in with Heather V. Regnier, a producer of the show, and subject of my piece in the current Emmy (second issue of the summer). Clever show, and very clever lady. Check out the piece and you’ll see what I mean …