“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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.