You were born and raised in the Bronx, what brought you to LA?
For better or worse, I really didn’t think about it much, I just did it. I had a best friend who moved out here and I was curious to see the city that Bukowski wrote about. I was only writing for a few years at this point, still trying to find my voice, but I thought throwing myself into a whole new strange world and starting from scratch would give me the kick in the ass I needed.
To be quite honest, it damn near killed me. Writing was the only thing that kept me going… that and booze, lots and lots of booze.