Voices for Recovery
When you’re all alone in the dark you can either close your eyes and go to sleep or look for the light.
After spending more than half my life in and out of jails, rehabs, and prisons while battling drug addiction, I was a dead dog on the road of life. Down in the darkness of death’s doorstep, in the depths of despair, the light of recovery began to dawn. Then everything changed.
I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and became an award-winning screenwriter, producer and best-selling author of over a dozen books, including Life After Debt which sold over 100,000 copies and C.B. DeMille: The Man Who Invented Hollywood which is now being adapted into a major motion picture. As the author of Identity Theft: How to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset, I was the spokesperson for Capital One Financial Corporation’s Identity Theft Prevention Program.
I recently released my semi-autobiographical novel, The Light (New Way Press, 2013), a mystical odyssey that follows Abel Adams, a brilliant but troubled young misfit desperately seeking freedom, love, and spiritual enlightenment while battling drug addiction, dark forces, and strange temptations. The Light is a surrealistic adventure tale about redemption and recovery. The book’s protagonist, Abel Adams is essentially an allegorical composite of all of us who have gone astray at some point in our lives. I believe that many people will discover their deep identification with Abel’s desperate desire for deliverance from darkness.
In addition to writing books and making movies, I help others do the same through my work as an English professor and creative writing consultant. I specialize in helping people become published authors so they can tell their stories and make a difference in the world.
On the eve of Easter, 2013, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. granted me a full pardon. I hope my story will help others find the light.