Jeff Andrus


I was born and raised in California’s Salinas Valley. I was selected as an AFS high school exchange student to South Africa and spent a second year in South Africa attending the University of Natal, Durban. I earned a BA in English from Stanford University where I studied Creative Writing under the tutelage of Wallace Stegner and Nancy Packer.

I did post-graduated work at UCLA's film school and dropped out in 1971 when my comedic screenplay Doc placed first in the Samuel Goldwyn Creative Writing Competition. I then spent two years at Wolper Productions, developing documentaries.

For thirty years I have been a freelance writer, scripting nine movies for television, including Proud Men starring Charlton Heston and Peter Strauss, and Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story. I was a writer on the award-winning animation series, The Kids' Ten Commandments, and wroted the theatrical film adaptation of The Jeweler's Shop from a play by the late Pope John-Paul II.

I have consulted on numerous projects to bring stories from conception to the screen. I have edited and ghostwritten a variety of articles and books, fiction and non-fiction, and have authored three crime novels.

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Malibu Palms
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 67,920. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Charlie is a funny-tough, hard-drinking bad boy whose wife is a comatose victim of a random drive-by. He doesn't like God, doesn't like cops, and he doesn't like being "a person of interest" when a beautiful neighbor drowns. In trying to track down her murderer, Charlie is sucked into a land scam, corrupt politics, and the sleazy world of Hollywood players and posers.
Neighborhood Watch (A Tracer Family Mystery)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 78,520. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
With the help of a ragtag collection of in-laws, a pig named Alfred and a dog named Dog, the sleuthing Tracer Family sets out on their second comedic adventure. The search is for their next-door neighbor's elderly sister, Corinth, a one-time femme fatale turned wandering drunk and princess from outer space. The quest leads to a bizarre Oregon town, the sleazy side of Hollywood and a few murders.
Tracer, Inc.: A Mystery Introducing the Tracer Family
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 64,160. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Anthony and Cleopatra, Beverly Hillbillies, Michelle and Barack step aside for John Tracer, his wife and kids and cowardly watchdog. In this comedic mystery newly unemployed Tracer has no job prospects except to follow a childhood dream of becoming a PI. His wife calls it a mid-life crisis; the girl he's supposed to find calls it meddling; and the Mexican Mafia turns it into a home invasion.

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