Welcome to Rutgers University, 1970. This New Jersey college campus, like others across the
country, is a microcosm of the turbulent times that are transforming America forever. This one-hour
drama centers on a group of students who must confront their personal, academic, and social
challenges as the world around them take its first steps toward the 21st century.
Through the eyes of these college students, we see the political and social upheaval that defined this
decade: the Vietnam war, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and the sexual revolution. It was an era of peace, love, and war, and all three came together in universities like Rutgers.
Which five words best describe Turbulence: Dispatches from the Student Protest Movement Rutgers 1970?
A Boomer’s nostalgia trip back to their college years in the ’70s.
Can you share one highlight from the book?
Danny’s parents come to dinner and for the first time, Danny stands up for himself against his father’s rigid old-school political views and declares his independence of views.
What is the purpose of this book?
To bring back to life a more interesting time period and perhaps lay the groundwork for a series of books and perhaps a tv series based on the books
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
Language and behaviors were much freer in that time period and life was less rigid and I think more fun for college kids.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
I loved Alex, the young feminist because she was an amazing contradiction of a beautiful girl who was a pioneering feminist in those days.
Bennett Andrews started off as the villain of the book, but the further I got into the book, the more fun I had making him Danny’s friend and fleshing out the character.
Hardest – turning a ten thousand-word teleplay )(TV script ) into an 80,000-word novel and fleshing out parts that were merely suggested in the original script.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
Yes, I reinvented myself several times over my lifetime. I changed careers several times, but always had this desire to be a writer.