Do I have to stick to the facts? Because honestly, the facts are dead boring. Fifth-generation Texan, never lived outside Dallas County, crazed Dallas Cowboys fan, obsessive reader, dreamer, lazy cow.
If I go back to before my birth I can claim all sorts of interesting forebears from evangelists and missionaries to outlaws and judges to lawyers and car salesmen.
I have a few stories about 11/22/1963…
But you’re most likely here because of my books or scripts. So let’s start at the beginning.
My writing career began in romance with five published novels. I received nominations and recognition from RT Reviews and was a Finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Rita.
Then, however, I got lured over to the dark side—screenwriting.
My first script landed an agent, director, stars, everything needed for the movie to get made but–money. Later scripts [action comedies, romantic comedies, science fiction and fantasies] continued the string of “almosts” until the years 2000 and 2001, when I became the only screenwriter in the history of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition to be a Finalist twice, with two different scripts. I received the Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & for an adaptation of my first published novel, What Wild Ecstasy, under the title, “Redemption.”
Available as an ebook, La Desperada.
Uncredited but paying work followed, and I was happy with my Hollywood dreams…
Until one day I woke up with a new story rooting itself into my heart, a story that couldn’t be told in a script but needed many more pages to spread out, flex its muscles and take wing. I returned to novels and am presently writing an epic fantasy trilogy.
I blame my manic tendencies on my heritage. My mother was born and raised in the Hazlehurst area of Mississippi that spawned Babe, Lenny, and Meg in Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart.” My father was born in a hell-hot West Texas oil field amidst the passion and greed that arise wherever the prospect of quick fortune lurks. My ancestors include a British admiral in the Revolutionary War and a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the notorious outlaw James brothers of Missouri and Baptist missionaries. To put it simply, in the blood flowing through my veins is a wealth of warring emotion—law-abiding and revolutionary, defiant and devout, altruistic and avaricious.
With my gene pool and life-style I had two options: Succumb to schizophrenia or become a writer.
According to friends and family, I did both.
And lucky me, I am living my happily-ever-after in Dallas, Texas with my high school sweetheart and best friend. No wonder I believe in happy endings.
For screenplays, represented by Wayne Alexander
For novels, represented by [to be announced later]
Contact me at pooks [dot] burroughs [at] gmail [dot] com