Storytelling Spotlight: Robert Desiderio

We often get bits and pieces of a writer’s writing process from interviews, podcasts, and the occasional YouTube video. But have you often wondered not just how a writer gets the job done, but what the job even is? What does it take to write a book? What steps does an author use to get from idea to finished book? In this nine video series, author Robert Desiderio walks us through his writing process start to finish. We begin with how Robert finds ideas for novels and where he goes from there. Robert is a pantser, so he leads us through how he prepares to write, what happens as he drafts, and how he approaches revision. Robert’s background in acting and screenwriting helps drive his storytelling process. In each video, Robert gives us his tips, tricks, and go-to resources for each stage in writing a book.

Meet Robert

Robert grew up in The Bronx. He started his career in radio, theatre and tv on the East Coast. After moving to the West Coast he starred in the first dramatic series for HBO: “Maximum Security,” produced by Ron Howard, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Award.

Robert also starred in the ABC series “Heart of the City,” was a regular on “Knots Landing,” appeared as the rival bar owner, Gary, on “Cheers,” and played Jack Massarone on “The Sopranos.”

As a screenwriter, he wrote a screenplay about gay conversion therapy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was called, “Save Me,” and received wide acclaim for its complexity. The NY Times wrote, “Save Me has a lot of heart.” The LA Times wrote, “A thoughtful production of exceptional insight and quietly devastating power.”

His highly acclaimed debut novel, The Occurrence, is now available.

Town and Country Magazine called The Occurrence “One of the best books of 2020. A sharp, high-octane thriller that touches on global politics, supernatural experiences, and the long, rocky path to discovering true purpose.”

LeVar Burton wrote, “Desiderio delivers a haunting political thriller that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.”

And, Matthew Weiner, creator of the TV series, Mad Men wrote: “A gripping story with a courageous message of love as a radical unifying force in the midst of our divisive global climate.”

Robert is also developing projects for film and TV. He lives in Los Angeles and New York City with his wife, Judith Light.



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  • 9 Lessons