Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, Troy, The Perfect Storm) where he worked to develop screenplays for production. His two novels, Boulevard and Beat, follow the journey of sex-addicted LAPD detective Hayden Glass. Stephen was a judge for the 2012 Edgar and ITW Awards. His work was included in the short story collection The Los Angeles Fiction Anthology alongside T.C. Boyle, published by Red Hen Press, as well as the short story collection Jewish Noir, published by PM Press.
Stephen is a regular moderator at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and judged the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category in 2015 and 2016. His film work has been exhibited in the A.F.I. Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. He is currently editing a compilation of short, non-fiction stories called Hollywood versus the Author for Rare Bird Books as well as writing his third novel, a standalone mystery/thriller. Stephen received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and is currently on faculty at Emerson College Los Angeles.
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