“Whether you want to entertain or to provoke, to break hearts or reassure them, what you bring to your writing must consist of your longings and disappointments.” – Rafael Yglesias
American novelist and screenwriter Yglesias, celebrating his 63rd birthday today, is perhaps best known for his book and screenplay Fearless, both multiple award winners and award nominees. He is a New York native who finds himself in a “sandwich” position of family writers – the son of two of them and father of two more. And, his wife is novelist Ann Packer. Literally a “born writer,” Yglesias wrote his first successful novel, Hide Fox, while still in the 10th grade.
He also has had many his major successes with screenplays – besides his own novel’s adaptation – including the 1998 version of Les Miserables, featuring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman in the lead roles. And, look for more from him on television, too. He just finished a successful run with NBC’s Aquarius and is rumored to have signed for more.
Fiercely independent with his writing style, he is noted for creating complex characters. “To me, people's lives and loves are entwined with their characters, natures and circumstances,” he said. “I regard all general advice with skepticism.”
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