“WHY DON’T YOU WRITE ABOUT THE LAW?”

“WHY DON’T YOU WRITE ABOUT THE LAW?”

I must be asked the above question every other day.

I spent decades as a criminal defense attorney and also defended people facing deportation.

“Why don’t you write about your cases?”  I am constantly asked.  “Why don’t you write about the law since you know it so well?”

Actually I have woven law and lawyers into much of my work.

In  “The Queens Lady”, a dark humor tale, the protagonist is a young and very miserable bankruptcy lawyer. In “Survivors”, a dystopian science fiction story, the central character is a small town criminal lawyer and the other main characters are a judge, a prosecutor and a bailiff. . In “The Nose Jones”, the first story I ever wrote, the protagonist is a heroin dealer. In another story, “A Borrower Be”, which is undergoing rehabilitation, two supporting characters are lawyers. In the novel I am working on, which should be completed in the next few few months, the protagonist is a criminal a lawyer from San Francisco who engineers an early retirement to Thailand. A shady American lawyer and a prominent Thai lawyer play important roles.

In all of these examples, lawyers are characters and thus the law plays some role, but the works are not governed by those features. The stories and the novel-in-progress are not legal thrillers, courtroom dramas, or  legal procedure mysteries. As I have stated in the About page, when I retired from the practice of law I wanted to place some distance between my former profession and my new life as an author.(One reason I came to Bangkok.)  I felt I was still too close to that former life to write effectively and objectively. Nevertheless, reality always creeps into fiction, so lawyers and law were unavoidable in my work, even if  not the dominant themes. I do promise that within the next twelve months I will be writing and releasing stories drawn from my life as a criminal defense lawyer, set in New York and the Bay Area. The time is now right for me to tell these tales.

 

 

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