With the January 28, 2016 release date for THOSE CRAZY NOTIONS OF OTHERWISE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE, I'm moving away from film and television scripts to the long form novel. I've always strived to be a versitile writer hiting a wide range of genres from Romance and comedy, to drama and action, all the way to children's adventure.
I have to admit in almost all my work you will find some romance. It's not something I did consciously. My good friend, actor Wayne Duvall, once said to me, "You do realize everything you write has a romance in it, right?"
Until that moment, I never realized it, but now it makes sense to me. One of my most powerful memories as a young boy was sitting in a movie theatre with my friends and a beautiful young lady (I would have loved to call my girlfriend), when this wonderful film began with this really strange dialogue. I quickly adapted to the odd phrasing of the language and soon after fell in love with the film version of Romeo and Juliet. The young couples love was so undeniable and from that day on, the power of falling in love has always been a huge influence in me and my imagination, no matter what the genre. It can be catalyst for murder, lust, mistaken identity, adultry or whatever your imagination can come up with.
THOSE CRAZY NOTIONS OF OTHERWISE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE is a captivating novel because it achieves balance between comedy and drama all heightened because of love, whether it is stolen, lost or recently found, but most importantly it is profoundly inspiring.
Otherwise Intelligent People
Those Crazy Notions" crackles with knowing wit on every page. The story moves like a thrill ride, and you get the feeling the "otherwise intelligent" Dorr has lived and breathed more than a few of these notions.
—Cookie Randolph, KFMB Radio San Diego
Ilena Doran dedicates herself to helping battered women—but the therapist can't seem to get through to the one person who means the most, her son, Sammy. Percy Powers, a drunken, womanizing, morning talk show host, prefers parties with scantily clad women over the company of children. But when one such party leads him to be late to the premiere of his own radio show, he gives junior listeners a chance to spend a night out on the town with him in a desperate attempt to mollify management. The winner ends up being Ilena’s son, Sammy, still traumatized after seeing his father murdered. At first, Ilena isn't even aware that her assistant nominated Sammy but—she grudgingly agrees to accompany him. There, for the first time in almost a year, Ilena witnesses Sammy laugh. Is it possible that Percy just may be the one to prove that people aren't always what they seem to be—and that salvation might come from the unlikeliest of places
“You find yourself laughing out loud, humor injected with pinpoint accuracy...I was hooked and couldn’t stop turning pages.”
—Russell Gray, SEX IN THE CITY
Original Casting Director
This romantic comedy is engrossing, page after page, and the characterization is top-notch! There is so much hilarity in this story, which really elevates it above much in the romance genre. Percy is fantastic as a likable (if flawed) main character, one that the reader will certainly root for. It is gratifying for the reader to witness his transformation from a relatively selfish guy to a three-dimensional hero. I enjoyed the romantic build-up between Percy and Ilena as much as I enjoyed watching Percy’s personal transformation.
You (Mr. Dorr) are a natural storyteller...certainly have a gift for unique words and turns of phrase. The tone and style you have used are spot-on. I love the dialogue exchanges…They are funny and pointed and tell the reader all he or she has to know about their relationship. Well done…(Those Crazy Notions of Otherwise Intelligent People) moves along at a fast clip…the chapters are short and full of funny dialogue and action-packed sequences.
—Leslie, CreateSpace Editor