James Trivers and Alan Roche
James Trivers is a writer I came to know when I was living in Los Angeles in the 1990s. At the time I read scripts for Ringwald/ Warner Brothers and the writer’s workshop of the American Film Institute. I was sent scripts from CAA and William Morris, agencies who represent Hollywood’s top writing talent, and I read dozens if not hundreds of screenplays. When thinking about how I could turn my German Hitler screenplay into an English non-fiction novel I remembered James Trivers’ remarkable talent. James had published two novels I Can Stop Anytime I Want and Hamburger Heaven with Prentice Hall and Harper Collins, and he had written the feature film Norma Jean, Jack and Me, starring Michael Murphy and Sally Kirkland. James agreed to help me and scene by scene we worked our way forward. The amount of emails that were exchanged between Dublin and L.A. must be staggering. But ultimately we achieved what we had set out to do and finished a first rough draft.
Alan has been a professional copywriter and translator for fifteen years, working on numerous projects for high-profile clients around the world. I have been collaborating with Alan for almost a decade; I knew Alan’s exceptional sense of style and linguistic expression and asked him to help me with the many rewrites. Alan’s painstaking efforts transformed and improved the text and were crucial in producing the final published work.
I want to thank my two colleagues for their excellent contributions, both working in their own fields of expertise using their specific talents in order to produce this original English version of the book.