Grew up in Queens, New York. Fled to Southern California to attend USC. Graduated, broke into television (I still have the scars). Landed at the E! channel, created shows like "Talk Soup" and "The Gossip Show." Left after 15 years. My first play starred Richard Chamberlain. My second play was virtually rewritten by the lead actress.
I began writing fiction in 2006. I loved it because, among other reasons, I didn't have to deal with a lead actress.
I discoverd the world of literary journals that I didn't even know existed. I'm honored to have been published in Pank, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, McSweeney's, Perigee, Ducts, JMWW Journal, nth position, and others.
My creativity fuels itself. Anything might set it off: a word, an image, a good title, an offbeat idea, an abnormal urge. I write because it's who I am, it's what I want to contribute, it's the way I want to express myself.
Mary Gaitskill, Michael Cunningham, Alain deBotton, D. H. Lawrence, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Pauline Kael.
"A Long Way Down," "Cliffs of Despair," "Then We Came to the End," "Grief" (Anybody see a pattern here?)
"The Secret History," "The Hours," "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," "Damage," Women in Love," "More, Now, Again"
No one has written on
Garrett Socol's wall.