Sandor Stern wrote his first
short story at 14, won his first short story contest as an undergrad at
the University of Toronto and sold his first television drama before
graduating medical school. Born in the northern Canadian town of
Timmins, Ontario, and raised in the small town of Prescott, Ontario, on
the St. Lawrence River, he dreamed of a life as a writer, even while he
enrolled in medical school. Throughout his years in school, he
continued to write and sold his first script to the Canadian
Following graduation, he balanced
medical practice and raising four sons while writing drama and variety
shows nights and weekends. He soon added sketch writing and song
writing to his growing list of credits. An unyielding passion for the
written word led him to give up his medical practice after five years
and move his family to Los Angeles.
He quickly began writing for
numerous TV episodic series, receiving a Writers Guild Of America
nomination for outstanding drama. His writing career continued with
more than thirty television movies, while adding producing and
directing to his resume. His feature film screenplay credits include
the original Amityville Horror, the comedy, Fastbreak (winner of the NAACP Image best screenplay award) and the psychological thriller, Pin,
(a cult classic, also directed by Stern). He and his artist/Production
Designer wife, Kandy, have seven children between them, all of whom are
grown. The empty-nesters presently live in the hills of Los Angeles
with their dog Lily, and Max the parrot.
The Life And Adventures of Ralph, The Cat
delivers Sandor back to his early roots in narrative writing. Its
genesis was a series of bedtime stories told to his young stepson,
Seth. That was over twenty years ago. In recently revisiting Ralph, the
intention was to write a short pictorial book for children. One year
and two hundred and sixty pages later, he delivers a novel for readers
aged seven to ninety-seven. Stuff happens.
In his latest novel, The Karma Chronicles, Sandor offers an anthology of 9 karmic short stories set in Los Angeles, each dealing with a flawed protagonist whose destiny surprises and frequently shocks us.