When I finished my last book, THE REAL MR. BIG: How A Refugee Became The UK’s Most Notorious Cocaine Kingpin, also published by WildBlue, I really didn’t have another book project in mind. I have been focusing on writing screenplays and was enjoying it, but I still have the itch to write another book. If you are thinking about making money from writing, there is no comparison between writing a book and a screenplay. Writing a low-budget screenplay ($3 to 4 million) can often earn you nearly or actually the equivalent of a best-selling book. I have often joked that one writes a book at minimum wage.
But there’s something about writing a book that makes my blood race. For one thing—recognition. Name me a screenwriter, and you would be hard-pressed. But you don’t have to be a best-selling author to receive recognition. The name of any author, for example, can be found prominently on the Internet.
In any case, when I finished THE REAL MR. BIG, I decided I wanted to write another book. Usually, I have three or more ideas percolating, but at this time, the well was dry. What was to do? One day, I ran across a reference to Henry Louis Wallace, the Taco Bell Strangler. I remembered this case from the 1990s. In fact, at one time, I had thought about writing a book about him.
Surely, there must be a book out about him. I remember in the mid-1990s having read that when Wallace was caught and tried, he was inundated with the requests from people who wanted to do a book or film about him. I did my research and found out that, outside of a couple of documentaries, nothing had been done about him.
I checked with my agent, and she liked the idea. I did a book proposal, and she submitted it to WildBlue Press. As they say, the rest is history.
BAD HENRY uncovers the depths of his monstrous crimes, the struggles of the investigation, and the resilience of a community seeking justice. This gripping true crime account sheds light on the dark legacy of a serial killer and the untold story that needed to be told.