The Story Behind Loss Angeles by Mathieu Cailler

There’s a line in one of the short stories in the collection, “One-Night Stand,” where a young stand-up comic says, “L.A. isn’t a city; it’s a state.” I’ve always thought that as well. In fact, I always utter this when telling others about L.A. It’s disconnected and messy, sprawling and vibrant. But this city offers…

The Story behind ‘April Snow’ by Lynn Steward

I always enjoyed business-related writing and thought a non-fiction self-help book, with life-lessons I learned along the way, would be a fun project.  But, as often happens when you put yourself out there, I discovered another path and took it: I developed a TV pilot about New York in the seventies because, as they say…

The Story Behind The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

Growing up, I was the oldest of three kids. My brothers and I made up stories all the time. Our ideas were all over the place. Most of them barely made sense, but they had one common thread- action. We were always running, always fighting the bad guys. Someone always needed to be rescued. Hiding…

The Story Behind Quantum Level Zero by Ted Grosch

This is a strange and tragic story. My college roommate sent me a scene he had written in longhand without any explanation called Quantum Level Zero. We had never, ever talked about writing in college or in the 15 years since. In fact, we were both engineers and tended to discuss geeky stuff like Maxwell’s…