Ernest Brawley

Los Angeles
Literary Goals:
To write interesting novels, short stories and scrfeenplays.

About Me

My father and uncles were correctional officers, and I was raised on the grounds of prisons all over the state of California. I worked my way through college in the tomato fields of the Great Central Valley and as a guard at San Quentin Prison, where I served in Death Row, the Big Yard, and as a rifleman in the gun towers. Eventually I received an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. After a stint in the US Army, I spent several years working my way around the world as a deckhand, dishwasher, reporter, money changer, movie extra, bartender, and ESL teacher. I hitchhiked from California to Argentina, France to Singapore, and then on to Japan. Eventually I backpacked across Soviet Russia to Europe. Perhaps the root of my wanderlust was that I sometimes felt like an escaped prisoner. Finally I settled in Paris, where I lived the cliché of "the penniless artist." Yet it was in Paris that I wrote my first novel, THE RAP. Based upon my experiences as a guard at San Quentin Prison, it was a big hit, sold to the movies, and brought me literally from rags to riches, which I squandered by living the European high life for a couple of years. Since then I've spent my life writing, teaching, and continuing to travel, visiting every continent except Australia, living and working in Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Rome, Granada, Bombay, Bangkok, and Tokyo, teaching at the University of Hawaii, Hunter College, New York University, and the Sorbonne-Pantheon. I am a recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature, and served for several years on the Fiction Award Committee of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington.

Additional Information

I have published three novels. Little Machines Press/Roots Digital Media has just republished my first two novels, THE RAP,, about the attempted assassination of a famous black revolutionary in a state prison, and SELENA, about a beautiful Mexican-American union organizer in the fields of Central California ,, and will soon follow with my new work of fiction, BLOOD MOON, which is based upon the experiences of my Arizona ancestors in the bloodiest land war in the history of the West. I now live in Pasadena, California, and just completed a new feature film script entitled JIHADI JOE, about an American spy who infiltrates ISIS and attempts to prevent the production of a dirty bomb.

My Books

(I currently have no books for sale online.)

Literary Board Activity