It was around 1987-88, NYC was inundated with homeless. I was doing a lot of plays at Manhattan Punch Line on Theatre Row. There were a few people I crossed paths with that all came together as composited characters in the book. One was a piano player who pissed me off and somehow inadvertently kick-started the story, although he bears no resemblance to the protagonist, Art. Another was a scruffy, talented but self-destructive young actor I used as a physical model for Art. The other was a really weird guy who got transposed into Susan, the crazy woman. I was volunteering in a women's homeless shelter on 42nd St, which is where that background material came from. Margo has a little bit of me but is mainly fiction. I kept thinking about 'culpability' - when a person or character sets events in motion that spin out of control, which is what happens in the book. The original title was "Island of Wild Dogs," which I like much better and will be self-explanatory when you've read the whole thing. Dutton wanted a two word title, and they liked 'wild' so I took the lyric from "Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered," which was in my cabaret repertoire at the time.

"We Were Stardust" has won an IPPY, a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award!
It was awarded the Bronze Award in the Popular Fiction category!
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2014 Update
"We Were Stardust" has won an
Honorable Mention Award
in the Los Angeles Book Festival

We Were Stardust is a novel about the 60s and its changing music scene, written from the perspective of a true insider who lived it.

Opening on a snowy night in Greenwich Village in 1964, the author perfectly captures the feel, tone and rhythm of the period and its iconic events, seen through the eyes of four talented, driven young hopefuls as they make their way through the seductive, increasingly corrupt and always heartbreaking business of music.

We Were Stardust tells the story of Julie, a talented singer who desperately wants to be a star but is her own worst enemy; Elliot, the Brooklyn-born nerd whose ear for music allows him to overcome his limitations to rise to the top of the business – but at a high and dangerous cost; Arlene, a girl from Queens determined to succeed on her own terms; and Luke, an army brat and southern rocker, driven by personal demons and his star-crossed love for Julie. As these characters seek success, the price they pay may be their innocence and their dreams.

Taking the reader from the Village to L.A.'s Sunset Strip, from the Whisky to Woodstock, We Were Stardust is an authentic, funny, poignant and suspenseful journey through an inspired era of pop music that still resonates today.


Wild Again is a dark, suspenseful love story, set in late 1980s Manhattan, a time when the city was a stark contrast of rich and poor, with a proliferation of homeless people living on the streets. In the midst of this urban chaos, Art Glenn, an ambitious jazz pianist, falls in love with Margo Williams, an idealistic psychiatric social worker. Into their lives comes Susan, a troubled transient obsessed with Art. Her volatile mental state precipitates a series of events that determines the future of all three.


"A sexy well-written intense thriller... Wild Again is a story of urban and moral decay as accurate and disturbing as Tom Wolfe's BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES. It holds you from the first page to the last."
Nelson DeMille, Author THE GOLD COAST
"This is a really good novel...engrossing, gripping and accurate to real life and distinctly of our time. I read it quickly and enjoyed it very much."
Robert Daley, Author PRINCE OF THE CITY
"Two jaded Manhattanites submerged in a sexually potent, all-consuming romance find their lives thrown into chaos when another woman's obsession traps them in a web of passion, insanity and murder...
I couldn't put this one down."

R. AllenLeider, Author  SATAN'S DARLING