Ozzie Cheek

About the Author

Growing up in the Missouri Ozarks in a tiny town, Ozzie found an escape in books, sports, and religion. By age twelve he was reading 100 books a year. He excelled at sports in high school. At nineteen he was a Methodist clergyman. He left the clergy a few years later and taught high school English until snared by the Viet Nam era draft.

Before long, Ozzie heeded the generational call of drugs, sex, and rock & roll. Legal problems ensued, but so did writing. Ozzie returned to college in 1989 and earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He also has a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Communications.

His first publications were short stories in literary magazines. His first writing income came from selling erotic letters to a men’s magazine under a female pen name.

After laboring on four unfinished novels, Ozzie moved to Los Angeles in the 1990’s and became a staff writer on a TV series. He went on to write screenplays or TV series episodes for HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBS, and Fox. He wrote and produced the TV movie Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.

In addition to writing the thriller Claws, Ozzie is co-author of Why Planes Crash, the memoir of an aviation disaster investigator. His new literary novel, White Boy Blues, will be available in late January, 2015.

For the past few years, Ozzie has divided his time between coastal Maine and Los Angeles.

Still a sports fan, he also has been a Shambhala Buddhist meditation practitioner for years, and he continues to read constantly and widely. Ozzie reviews books on Amazon and Goodreads.

Author Trivia:

Ozzie’s birthday, September 14th, was chosen #1 in the Viet Nam war draft lottery.

Author Trivia:

Ozzie has lived in Mexico and in Colombia, owned a business in Belize, and visited over sixty countries.

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