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My Q&A with Director and Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo

What a thrill it was this fall to interview Hoosier director and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo. This is the man who has written some of the best sports films of all time (Hoosiers and Rudy among them) and this November he’s back with another, My All American, a movie he wrote and directed about Texas football star Freddie Steinmark, an undersized but determined high school player who lead the Texas Longhorns to the 1969 national championship before a dramatic diagnosis sidelines his NFL dreams.

I have great admiration for Pizzo—his ability to get his movies made is a story that’s inspirational for ALL writers. He agreed to my latest Q&A with Indianapolis Monthly, and I was so thankful he took the time to discuss his latest movie with me. Make sure you catch My All American in theaters beginning Nov. 13—as one reviewer described it, it’s “the family-friendly movie we’ve been missing” (and Finn Wittrock as Freddie is OUTSTANDING).


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What to Read Now: Fall 2015

For about a year now I’ve been collaborating with uber-awesome LA stylist Jen Pinkston as her go-to source for seasonal book recommendations for her lifestyle site, Check out my latest fall reading list and, for a long view, check out my picks for summer 2015, winter 2015, fall 2014, and summer 2014.

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More than a month—that’s how long it’s been since I’ve made a new post. The good news: It’s because, after a busy summer, I’ve hunkered down and am writing, writing, writing again (just passed the 100 page mark on my second book —woot!) The bad news: Working in earnest on my novel means, after work and family commitments are factored in, I have little time to write much else. There are blog posts in recent weeks I’ve written in my …

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Breaking Down My Reading Habit

Only in the last few years have I thought of myself as a “fast” reader. As I post short reviews about the books I read in my Instagram feed (and longer versions on my GoodReads), I field the same question again and again: How do I find the time to read? Often I come back to the same answers: “Here and there,” or “I always have a book on me,” or “I guess I’m a speed reader?” But recently I …

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What I’m Loving: August 2015

1) Olly Vitamins: Target to the rescue again! My beautiful friend Mary wrote about these vitamins recently and, being on the hunt for a new brand, I was sold. Dean LOVES them! And okayyyy, I love ’em too. Something about gummies that just make you more inclined to want to take your vitamins. 2) Halsey: I feel so out of touch with music lately. It’s just not a priority, especially when I write in silence (I wish it wasn’t that …

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