I’m JD, and I’m here to help.
As a Business Writing Expert
JD spent seven years at Amazon with his last role as Amazon’s most respected and highest accolade-receiving Global Business Writing facilitator. His original content and engaging teaching style was available to over 1.5 million Amazon employees around the world. Going back more than two decades, JD’s business writing career started in the federal government where he wrote psychological analysis reports on terrorist geopolitical shifts across the Middle East. He next transitioned to training, learning, and development—building new concept design documents for a little-known group at Disney called the Imagineers. During JD’s first role in a small organization now known as Amazon Smart Home, JD was given the golden opportunity to learn directly from Jeff Bezos – the master of Customer Obsession – the history and culture behind the documents that became the backbone of Amazon’s rapid growth and success. JD will provide his clients these document formats, and also coach them on how to wield these resources with maximum efficiency.
As an Award-winning Novelist
Outside of the corporate arena, JD has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best writers in the world, receiving writing training from such best-selling authors as Stephen King, and fellow high school alum, Tess Gerritsen, author of GRAVITY, the book behind the Oscar-winning movie. JD has spent a significant amount of time studying and refining the concepts of Storytelling under such masters as Robert McKee and Michael Hauge and has been able to successfully combine both story philosophies into one coherent, easy-to-follow concept for maximum digestibility. JD started his foray into the book-writing world by coaching a number of well-known memoir writers, ghostwriting a couple of biopics, and consulting with several military and intelligence officers on their non-fiction “tell-all” books. Finally, JD felt it was time to write a story he knows a lot about, the life of a psychological operations officer and his wife who worked for Israeli’s MOSSAD. JD ultimately sold the rights to the novel as a “fictionalized account of a true story” to avoid the prying eyes of the CIA.
As an Award-winning Screenwriter
For nearly twenty years, JD has been a story and script consultant working in the background to enhance other writers’ work, bringing realism and a hint of truth to the screen. After leaving Disney, JD received a call from a fraternity brother who worked at a small company called Bethesda Softworks, creators of FALLOUT. He consulted on several storylines on famed SKYRIM, being part of a team who earned 14 video game awards out of 17 nominations in its first year. JD has also worked as a story consultant for TV shows like BURN NOTICE, COVERT AFFAIRS, and most recently BLACKLIST. Finally, in early 2021, JD and his wife put their heads together and decided to create scripts based on their own material where, to date, they have a dozen competition category wins and over two-dozen top placements emanating from three Action-Adventure pilots based on True Stories, one Fantasy—Magical Realism pilot based on, JD’s wife, Jennifer’s soon-to-be published trilogy, and a DocuDrama-Psychological-Thriller feature based on True Events surrounding a 30-year-old, financially crippling conspiracy theory.