I came from modest beginnings, growing up on a farm in rural Indiana. Reading and writing were difficult for me, making school a struggle. Later, I was to learn that I was dyslexic. My childhood would have been a lot easier if my parents and teachers had known what dyslexia was and how to deal with it. Back then, people just labeled you "dumb". I had to find my own way and taught myself how to read. The first book I was able to read from cover to cover was the Mastermind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I guess it is no accident that my readers tell me my writing is reminiscent of Burroughs. That book took my mind to unknown worlds and introduced me to amazing characters. I hope my writing is able to do the same for my readers.
I first started my filmmaking career when I was a freshman in high school, winning a blue ribbon for photography. In the many years since high school, I have written treatments for such television shows as Wonder Woman, Salvage One, Battlestar Gallactica, and Fantasy Island, and have produced two episodes of That’s Incredible. I was the chief investigator and co-producer for a UFO documentary syndicated by CBS for cable television release. I wrote the screenplay for Zaat, a locally produced monster movie that premiered in 1972 and is still playing somewhere in the world tonight. (If you are curious, watch the alternate title Bloodwaters of Doctor Z on Mystery Science Theater 3000.) In addition to co-writing the screenplay I designed and built the monster costume, acted as the technical director, and shot most of the underwater footage in the film. I have written and produced a radio show called Tales of Strange Things. And I also served as executive producer of Your Wildest Dreams, directing and writing four episodes of the television series.
I think I am most proud of the opportunity to create Your Wildest Dreams. It gave some very talented young people an opportunity to showcase their talents in this field, leading to bigger and better opportunities for most of the kids. We produced 13 episodes of quality work. And some of those young people have now gone on to do great things. Look up William (Bill) Boston in IMDb and you'll see what I mean.
My wife, Christine, and I currently live in Saint Augustine, Florida with 3 rescue cats. (Would you like to adopt one?)
Book three of the Journal of Burton Thomas series is due to publish early in 2019. In the meantime, Christine is working with an artist to publish a children's book I wrote a few years ago. We'll post it to my website when it's ready. Stay tuned.