“Sitting on my table right now is a contract for two more Jonah Eastman books,” he says, adding that Eastman’s next client will be a rock star. (Considering that Paramount Pictures optioned the rights to “Jackie Disaster” late last year and that his agent is currently meeting with different production companies about the possibility of optioning “Shakedown Beach,” Dezenhall may soon be spending more time with Hollywood types than he would like.)
“What I learned through my day job is I can sooner bring peace to the Middle East than control what happens in Hollywood,” says Dezenhall, who despite repeated rejection eventually secured a literary agent after he sent out a humorous “death threat” cover letter along with his manuscript. “If you need anybody killed, let me know.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.