Don Maker

Biography

I spent 20-odd years (well, some of them were certainly odd) as a marketing and communications executive. After an early retirement, I obtained teaching credentials to teach English and Public Speaking at the secondary level, as well as a Small Business Management class at an adult education center. During all of those year, I tried my hand at writing on and -- mostly -- off.

I'm now a retired teacher and a freelance writer. I'm an active member of the California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch of (meaning I actually make some money from my writings), where I serve as Chair of the Luncheon & Workshop Committee. Most of what I do for pay is non-fiction.

Early in my writing career I wrote poetry and short stories. Now I write screenplays and novels; most of these are historical or comedy. The latter is difficult when you have no sense of humor, so I have to fake it. I just pretend I'm Robin Williams, only taller and without all the money. The historical is easy: all history is fiction anyhow, so I just do what the "real" historians do, only try to make it more interesting. I also do editing for others and on my own work. As a former English teacher, I'm a bit like the lawyer who defends himself in court, but it's a lot cheaper that way..

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Books

Sigi and Carl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,550. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » American / African American
SIGI AND CARL explores the question that plagues most of us: have we done something truly meaningful with our life? Will we leave a legacy? This surrealistic play explores this question through the life and relationships of Sigmund Freud, with Carl Jung as his major counter-point. Guest figures include Hamlet, Albert Einstein, Anna Freud, and Melanie Klein.
The Jersey Jupiters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,060. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
In the 1950s, Rufus Ruggio and the Poker Pack - buddies who drink, swap sports stories and play poker badly - agree to start their own NFL team. After 24 years in the sports news business, Rufus knows it’s all about entertainment. He embraces all shady deals, crazy promotions and low-budget tactics. Can the motley group of former players and future wannabes survive and maybe even win a few games?
The Grindstone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,170. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Historical » USA
Growing up can be hard. Add emotional and learning disabilities in an unsympathetic, small Arizona town in the 1950s, and it’s a real grind. Tommy Lerner’s family is very supportive, but they have their own challenges of poverty and a mixed marriage. Then there is Frank Lerner’s deep, dark secret …. Success against the odds requires courage, determination and faith. And love – lots of love.
Zenobia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,340. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
Beautiful Zenobia marries the prince of Palmyra, but has a torrid affair with the new Roman emperor, Aurelian. Odaenathus and his oldest son are assassinated, with an Imperial sword found at the scene. Believing Aurelian had Odaenathus murdered because of jealousy, Zenobia swears revenge. Her army conquers the entire Eastern Empire, but can she hold on to her conquest? And is it worth the price?

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