On ISA's list of Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2023. Recently, I've written a screenplay, "The Girl From Krakow", and a TV pilot script, "Instruments of Night", on assignment for producers Afterglow Pictures and Two Jacks Productions. Both were based on IP. My scripts "Saving Mark Twain" and "Betsy and the Emperor" (the latter is based on my novel from Simon & Schuster published in 15 languages globally) are both on Coverfly's Red List. "Saving Mark Twain" is the Historical Genre Winner of the ISA Fast Track XII screenwriting completion, the Winner of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Screenplay Competition, a Top 10 Finalist (Historical/Bio Genre) in the Table Read My Screenplay competition, a Finalist in the WeScreenplay Screenwriting Competition (2022), a Finalist in the SWN Screenplay Competition, a Semifinalist in the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition and in the Outstanding Screenplays Feature Competition, a Semifinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Competition, a Top 5 Finalist in the Mystic Film Festival Feature Screenwriting Competition, and a Semi-Finalist in the PAGE Screenwriting Awards. "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sussex Skull" (a mystery/comedy inspired by Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories) is a feature script that has been named an Official Selection of Ink & Cinema's 2023 The Crime List, and was also an Honorable Mention in the Sleepy Hollow Film Festival's Screenplay Competition, as reported in "Variety".
"Betsy and the Emperor" is the Winner of "Best Unproduced Feature Script" in the Montreal Independent Film Festival. It's also a Finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival Screenwriting Contest, a Semifinalist in the Shore Scripts Feature Screenwriting Competition, the #1 Finalist (3rd place) in the Dallas Film Festival Screenplay Contest, and a Semifinalist in the ScreenCraft Drama Feature Screenwriting Contest. It's also the #1 1-Hour TV Family script on Coverfly's Red List. Another YA novel of mine from Simon & Schuster, THE CURSE OF THE ROMANOVS, is a Finalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Contest (announced in 2020). I've taught screenwriting on occasion at NYU (from which I got my BFA in film), and elsewhere. I've written three YA historical novels for Simon & Schuster and adapted two of them into screenplays. My screenplay "In Annie's Arms"-- about young Abraham Lincoln-- won the Illinois International Film Festival and is a semi-finalist in the Great American Script Contest. I'm one of the judges (readers) for Final Draft, Inc.'s Big Break Screenwriting Contest. An article in "Variety" mentioning the award for my spec script ("Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Sussex Skull") was published in "Variety" on October 9, 2019. I'm a screenwriter, a novelist for Simon & Schuster-- and a freelance story analyst who has worked for Warner Bros. Pictures, the William Morris Agency, Final Draft, etc.