So Much Junk in the Brain
For as long as he can remember, Joel Michael Dorr has had a story rattling around in his head--the kind medication doesn't fix. There was always something triggering a creative thought. Just observing a couple eating lunch at the local diner would get thoughts rolling. Are they plotting a kidnapping? Perhaps a secret, torrid affair? Or maybe a plan is underfoot for a corporate takeover.
Everything Starts with Custer
He began his writing career with the play Custer's Last Stand and Hair Cut, a factual, but not-so-popular pro-Indian account of George Armstrong Custer and his massacre at the battle of the little Big Horn. The play, produced by his best friend George Dunlap, was a classroom hit. However, his third grade teacher and first-time critic, believed the production could have had less blood and gore. He should have paid more attention to the atrocity of the attack on Custer as depicted in their history books. Dorr vehemently rejected the criticism, stating defiantly, “Custer got what he deserved, dang it!” Family storytellers had long told him the truth of what happened and Dorr felt strongly that this version be shared. His convictions cost him a trip to the principal's office to think about his tone. It wasn't his first stand nor his last.
Staging a Career in Writing
Dorr set off to pursue a creative career while leveraging his basketball skills. Earning an athletic scholarship hooping, he later was able to get an academic scholarship through the theatre department getting a degree in Theatre and Broadcasting from Northwest Missouri State University. Pursuing writing, acting and producing, Dorr pursued graduate studies Producing Theatre at the University of Arizona. His education and scriptwriting led him to the position of Editor for DramaBiz Magazine, a business and marketing magazine to help theaters with front of house operations.
“Joely Bish,” his family nick name (referencing Joey Bishop of the Frank Sinatra Rat Pack), began writing for industrial films and on-line training companies in San Diego, Santa Monica and Chicago, honing his craft until he dove into writing television and film scripts in Los Angeles. The Contemporary Comedy/Romance/Drama, THOSE CRAZY NOTIONS OF OTHERWISE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE, is his first novel and is due for release in January 2016. The novella, Allison Unbridled, a prequel to THOSE CRAZY NOTIONS OF OTHERWISE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE, will be released soon after and will be available on Kindle.
Dorr has been involved in technology most of his adult career with positions at UCSD, Northwestern University, UCLA, EDS and HP, before embarking on a writing career and ultimately landing in San Diego, where he now calls home. He lives with his wife Julie, a marketing consultant, and his son, who at age thirteen officially became taller than his father measuring in at six feet three inches. Joel is a laid back Southern Californian, which suits his personality and sense of humor, but does lack a connection to his beloved Los Angeles Lakers basketball team (even if they do suck these days). Thank God for the NBA channel.