I write fantasy adventure fiction with a dark and comedic bent. My screenplays tend toward genre-based action. I strive for fast-paced stories, often tales of revenge and redemption, and I always try to push them as far as possible. I love building rich, complex worlds and then populating them with compelling heroes, conflicted anti-heroes and memorable villains. Ultimately, I aim to drop jaws.
I am currently reworking my fantasy adventure novel HELL HUNTER, playing with short stories and hammering together the feature spec JENNY. MJR Films optioned my script COYOTE ISLAND (thriller). I’ve also written a couple other features that I feel decent about: KILLTOWN (dystopian action) and RUN & GUN (sci-fi action). In addition, I’ve completed two TV pilots: STRIFE (supernatural drama) and EVIL WIZARD (fantasy drama).
I have a Bachelors degree in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Washington. I’ve also been involved with Second City and even performed a little stand-up. I’ve dabbled in just about every type of writing over the years, from print journalism to poetry to greeting card writing. These days, I earn my living as an editor and producer in the trenches of docu-series television. While far from glamorous, my job gives me the opportunity to hone my storytelling skills every day. I write fast, work hard and have no ego. I’m an easygoing guy and fun to collaborate with.
If you are interested in checking out my work, please take a look at the writing samples below or email me at email@example.com.
THE PIT (flash fiction) – Posted here.
CREEPER (flash fiction) – Read it.
RAGE (flash fiction) – Here.
RUN & GUN (action/sci-fi feature spec) – Read the first 10 pages.
STRIFE (supernatural drama TV pilot) – Read the teaser.
Please visit joelnerd.com to read my essays and reviews.
All scripts are registered with WGAw.