Chris Jay Becker
I'm an Indie/DIY crime novelist, a stand-up comic/screenwriter, and an ASCAP songwriter. Right now, I'm concentrating mostly on the novels because I can do that here, in Iowa, in the dead of winter, plus, I can use a little bit of all of the above in my novels. My goal is to move back home to Los Angeles next year. I was born in Los Angeles, the only child of two ex-cons and ex-heroin addicts, and was partly raised by my ex-Vaudeville comedian grandpa, and partly by a conglomeration of parental-figures. During my last 3 years of high school, I was the ward of a very strict and almost cult-like church in San Francisco. I made my professional debut as a comic at the world famous Hollywood Improv in 1986. I've also been a minister and a gospel singer. All of these things factor into my writing. Someday, I hope to write a few books of comedic personal-essays about my horror story childhood, but It's too overwhelming right now.
James Ellroy, Bob Dylan, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Raymond Carver, Ray Bradbury, Louis L'Amour, Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, Tom Robbins, David Sedaris, Jay McInerney, Townes Van Zant.