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In case there was any doubt,
"TallMisterHall" refers to the fact that I
am 6'9" tall. It's not rocket science!
Growing up with Mom and three
significantly older sisters, it was seldom my turn to talk, so I took
to writing instead, and knew it was my calling by age 5. There was also
of stage acting which, in addition to being fun and introducing me to
some life-long friends, helped me learn to reach into the psyche of
character. Thrown into the mix was my experience working on the
creative section of my high school paper, and the annual publication
for the Writers' Gathering. By
the time I was 21, I had added experience publishing at CSU, Long
Beach, finished the first draft of my first novel, and published an
of my literary magazine, MOD.
And then... Well... As many
college students discover, I had a lot of
things to learn that can't be found in a classroom.
While I always worked on my
writing, it really took a major life reboot to begin self-publishing
some of my early works. I began with
LOL, the story of a group of
friends who call themselves the "Deadbeat Club." The novel centers
around a reunion of sorts, one year after graduation, during Spring
Break 1995. I followed this up with Alcoholiday,
which follows another
set of characters from LOL as they make their own Spring Break trip.
During the pandemic, I was finally able to put the finishing touches on
my latest novel, Plato's Locker.
This story follows characters readers will recognize from previous
novels. Rick Adams and Cathy Hamilton, as well as their new
acquaintance Roy Calhoun. Together, they attempt to recapture the
energy of the Summer Of
Love, and use their literary 'zine to create a publishing empire to
share this energy with the world. To this end, when the 1996 Spring
Semester ends, they embark on a road trip up the California coast to
And then there is the Empyre: Preview Edition.
Empyre was conceived as the pilot of a primetime soap, in prose.
Complete in and of itself, the project is also the introduction to a
larger series, which I am currently in the process of drafting.
For more on these
publications, please go here. Or to make a purchase, go to TallMisterHall on Amazon. As I
often like to note, if you have any inclination to read my books,
please consider downloading the ebook version. For the same price as
the smallest of my paperbacks, you can get all four novels -- and, you
save trees! Win/win!
I would say, the overriding theme of my writing is coping with an
outsider status. Long before I came out, I was a male minority in a
house of females. My sisters were all teenagers when I was merely five.
In elementary school, I always tested well, and was typically
segregated into a group of
five students who were sent off to a corner or an entirely different
room to work on more advanced studies, or even special projects like a
student film. After my parents separated and eventually divorced,
maintaining two separate households rendered ours a lower-income
family, which had a pronounced effect on me, living in affluent Orange
County... I didn't come out to myself as attracted to men until I was
about 17, but from a sociological standpoint, I developed a
queer sensibility early on... Consider how many people identify with
the Rankin-Bass version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." He and
Hermie never express same-sex interests, but to be "queer" in the
sociological sense is ANY deviation from the dominant culture, and its
emphasis on marriage, 2.5 children, accepting career limitations
imposed on you by society, et al, and these are clearly queer
characters... In many ways, my writing focuses on the Island of Misfit
Toys. Too often, a "happy ending" for such characters is portrayed
either as successful conformity at last, or the complete rejection of a
toxic society in favor cheerful self-exile. I prefer to explore ways in
which a character can retain its authentic self, even in daily contact
with the dominant culture.