What’s your next project?
I’ve been unusually busy while in semi-quarantine, and so have three different projects in the pipeline, only one of which is a novel. First up is a contribution to the University of New Mexico Press’s forthcoming “Reel West” series on classic Western film.
Last year they recruited a group of Western authors to each write a single book on a single film, and allowed us to choose our own subjects. Since as a lawyer I represented the late Richard Pryor for over a decade, and since he co-wrote the screenplay, I chose “Blazing Saddles: How the West Was Fun” as my subject, and I submitted that manuscript to the publisher in July.
At the same time I was working on the fourth installment in my Jack MacTaggart series of legal mysteries, and I submitted that to my agent this month. Finally, I wrote the screenplay for, and I’m partnering with veteran TV director Felix Alcala (“ER,” “Breaking Bad,” “Madam Secretary”) to co-produce, a dramatic scripted television series called “Badwater,” the pilot episode of which (I’m delighted to report) will begin principal photography in mid-October, right here in Montezuma County.
So yeah, there’s nothing like a global pandemic to help focus your creative energy.
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