Hi, I'm Adam
I’m a writer in Los Angeles who treats history as IP.
I love telling stories about queer people in history in order to reclaim our cultural legacy.
Some of my projects:
The extraordinary career and devastating life of T.S. Eliot.
T.S. Eliot is a hollow man trapped in a dreary world. He works at a bank, a slave to the clock, the same routine, day after day. While London’s elite enjoy a Great Gatsby lifestyle and poets like Robert Frost are rock stars, attracting thousands of fans to each reading, Mr. Eliot walks past life, peering at it through cracks or around corners. Only in his imagination does the world drip with color.
The Wasteland is the untold story of T.S. Eliot, his secret struggle with being gay, the people left in the wake of his meteoric career trajectory, and the madness that helped produce his greatest work.
"Wow! This is an amazing book...wholly original. Briskly paced, page-turning action." - Screencraft
"Its unique writing style is carving its own literary path." - Midwest Book Review
The Divine Proportions of Luca Pacioli
*First person to find the Fibonacci Easter egg and say why it's there (the why is important!) gets $112.35*
*If you know why it's that amount, you already have a leg up on the competition*
Luca Pacioli stood beside the great Leonardo da Vinci and gazed at The Last Supper. He saw immediately that something was terribly wrong.
An orphan from a small town in Italy, Pacioli came of age during the Renaissance seemingly destined for a life of struggle and obscurity. But Pacioli had the good fortune of meeting mentors who recognized his uncanny ability with numbers and introduced him to renowned artists and philosophers, royalty, and popes.
At a time when many still used Roman numerals and colleges didn’t even teach mathematics, Pacioli was determined to share his passion and make it accessible and understandable to all. Apprentice to an artist, but a terrible artist himself, he became a master at calculating mathematical perspective in paintings. Tasked with teaching mathematics with no textbook, he wrote his own—followed by books on double-entry bookkeeping, chess, and the divine proportion
In this way, Luca Pacioli, “the father of accounting,” still has something to teach us—not just about mathematics—but about how we account for setbacks in our lives and how we determine what our legacy will be.
"Parker does an excellent job...A well-imagined celebration of Pacioli’s life and philosophy."
The Judicious Use of Intangibles
(Upcoming) My third novel is about Pietro Belluschi, an Italian architect and leader of the Modern Movement in architecture who was responsible for the design of over 1,000 buildings.
Nicholl and Final Draft Big Break Quarterfinalist
When Leonardo da Vinci finds himself in a competition with Michelangelo to get the commission for the Sistine Chapel, he must figure out a way to best his rival in order to cement his legacy, while navigating a love triangle with his male assistant and the woman we know as the Mona Lisa.
Nicholl feedback: "A fascinating focus on the relationship between artist Leonardo and his most famous subject – the woman who will be the enigmatic Mona Lisa. Solving one of the great art mysteries of all time is done here with skill and imagination, investing the reader in the unlikely growing attraction between the two legendary figures."
A half-hour TV Pilot
Love is a battlefield when a brash, flamboyant, gay Prussian military commander runs into his ex at Valley Forge after he’s hired by George Washington to whip the fledgling American Army into shape during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War.
Rosaline & Juliet
Rosaline & Juliet is about the real love story behind Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. What if Juliet only married Romeo to bring peace to Verona? You may remember from your high school English class that Romeo was in love with Rosaline before he lays eyes on Juliet and falls madly in love with her instead, but what Romeo doesn’t know in this retelling is that Rosaline and Juliet are already in love with each other and that when he hits on Juliet, she has a revelation: if she gives into Romeo’s advances, it could bring peace to Verona and end the civil war between the Montagues and Capulets.
The Trial of Adolf Hitler
The Trial of Adolf Hitler is a feature screenplay about how a young Hitler turned his darkest moment, his 1924 trial for treason, into a triumph, launching the political career that almost brought the world to its knees.
Semifinalist for the Horror Award at the Austin Film Festival
The Baby is a psychological thriller about a woman who discovers her unborn daughter has supernatural powers.
The Emerald City
The Emerald City is an ensemble hour TV drama about six assistants in Hollywood who hustle to make a name for themselves in an industry that doesn’t care who they are. If the soul-crushing circumstances, crazy bosses, and insane hours weren't hard enough to manage, their personal dramas may burst these dreamers' bubbles for good.
Blacklist feedback: "This script showcases an incredibly distinct, strong, and natural storytelling style, introducing conflict and characters with ease and authenticity. The author very briefly and succinctly provides all the information necessary to understand each member of this dynamic ensemble cast, using specificity of detail and unique conflict to clearly get across who each character is and what they want...The script elegantly balances humor and heart."
A lot of people like to say that they grew up in the middle of nowhere, but I have The Washington Post article to prove that northeastern Montana actually is: https://goo.gl/3zAdBx
I specialize in writing historical fiction, partly because I love finding a dusty, old book in the back of a library, and partly because it helps me make sense of the world: where we are and how we got here.
That doesn't stop me from writing the odd comedy or two, or more recently, a musical...
Reach out if you'd like to hear more:)