DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Some mysteries can be solved quickly and easily. Other mysteries may take years and years to unravel. My dad was a mystery that I could not solve until after he had passed on. Odd behaviors, constant marriage troubles, the inability to hold on to a job are just a few parts of the question that I had to ask someone. I needed answers and they came to me rather unexpectedly. When they were uncovered they revealed more questions that had to to be answered. Although a light was now shining on troubling events from my past, it was a conversation with a psychiatrist that changed my direction. This doctor had assisted my wife and I as we began to wrestle with trauma in our lives. She asked the right question at the right time and that was my opportunity to share feelings about my dad. As I shared my experience then sought answers, this book was born. That doctor’s insight and wisdom helped me to understand who my dad was. This is the story of getting the answers about my past. It is also the story of a boy growing up with no boundaries in his life. The story of a wild, wonderful and, at times, scary childhood. It’s about maturing, changing, understanding, and trying to live with a sociopathic narcissist father.
My business career was focused on capturing theft and fraud electronically at financial institutions and retail outlets. In my vacation weeks and spare time I was heavily involved in missions work. My travels for that took me to Jamaica, Romania, impoverished areas of the US and then to Haiti. For 2 years working in Haiti was my full time occupation. The work there involved teaching, establishing medical clinics, supporting and upgrading orphanages. I like to open introductory conversation telling folks that my life with my wife has been one great long adventure. Throughout the years I have been bitten by a snake, shot, gone headfirst through a car windshield, been threatened with death twice and arrested. By the way, the snake bit me because I made him mad.
I met my bride in high school on the first day of 10th grade home room. After several years apart we reunited and were married. We have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.