Interrogation—Stephen Jay Schwartz

Who: Stephen Jay Schwartz

What: Los Angeles Times Bestselling author who spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen where he developed screenplays for production. His two novels, BOULEVARD and BEAT, follow the journey of sex-addicted LAPD detective Hayden Glass.

Where: Los Angeles

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

The protagonist from your two novels, BOULEVARD and BEAT, is a sex addict and LAPD detective named Hayden Glass. What was the inspiration for this character?

Of the characters I’ve written, Hayden is the easiest to write because he is most like me. We’ve been through similar struggles and we share a similar point of view. Hayden can be an asshole, and I have been an asshole, but the trait comes from the fact that we are damaged goods, little boys lost, searching for our fathers. A character is compelling when he is real in all dimensions, when he represents all aspects of humanity, regardless of the counterpoint that might present. Hayden is good/bad, handsome/ugly, sensitive/cold, loving/brutal. He came out of me at the core and grew into something fictional and separate.

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