Author Archive: Kendell

KAL BLU: Japanese Translation in Progress






The first draft of the KALIFORNIA BLU translation into Japanese is finished. I had the funnest meeting with the translator (who wishes to stay anonymous) on Friday. She came to the meeting with file cards noting areas of question. Mostly about how to interpret expressions like, “chill” and “slade-fit”. We went through the entire book […]

Continue Reading

Secretos: Stories We Shouldn’t Tell






The students in my screenwriting class at Neighborhood Youth Association have written short screenplays about their lives. And they are all stories that might never have been told otherwise. These brave teens are not only writing honestly about their experiences, but are brave enough to have them performed in front of friends and family, even the families that […]

Continue Reading

WriteSpa TEEN – Amy Timberlake






Looking forward to talking to Newbery Award winner, Amy Timberlake tomorrow. Amy has published three books including her most recent YA novel, ONE CAME HOME. Please listen live at 5pm ET on BlogTalk Radio.          

Continue Reading

NON FICTION ~ Fosse Fridays






I had a vision that a man all dressed in black walked into my bedroom one night when I was living in Hancock Park, a neighborhood just south of Hollywood. He opened the bedroom door around sunrise, walked in and then closed the door. He stood at the foot of my bed and just looked […]

Continue Reading

NON FICTION ~ Bebe’s Back






It was June 19, 1997 and I had just arrived in New York City from Los Angeles with one goal in mind, to see Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking in the Broadway musical, Chicago. I took a cab from the airport to the Shubert theater and asked for two tickets to that night’s performance. It […]

Continue Reading

NON FICTION ~ Sonny & Cher Were My Mom & Dad






On Wednesday nights I got to stay up until 9:00 to watch the The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. I was seven. I wanted to be Chastity Bono, now Chaz Bono. How could I not? Look at how long and silky Cher’s hair was and how Sonny smiled all the time. Not like my dad […]

Continue Reading

BLOG TALK RADIO ~ Kendell Shaffer






I was so lucky to be interviewed by Winslow Eliot of WriteSpa, an Oasis for Writers on BlogTalkRadio. She made me feel so at home and asked me some questions I hadn’t even considered. Her topic was How Dancing Helps your Writing. You can listen here! And below is a photo of me dancing with my mom […]

Continue Reading

KAL BLU ~ Now in Paperback!






Very excited to say that you can now order KALIFORNIA BLU on Amazon in paperback. Just in time for beach reading.        

Continue Reading

KAL BLU ~ Location: Kalifornia Blu’s Penthouse






Years ago I got to house sit in this fab apartment building overlooking Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. You park on the top of the building and take a glass elevator down to your floor. I stayed on the tenth floor and there was only one other apartment on the floor. So when the […]

Continue Reading

Kal Blu ~ Kalifornia Blu Sneak Peek






Stoked to announce that you can order Kalifornia Blu here on Amazon Kindle. Arrested for skateboarding at three o’clock in the morning at the VeniceBeach Skate Park, Kalifornia Blu’s life takes an unexpected turn when her rock star absent mom doesn’t show up at her sentencing hearing. To avoid a trip to Juvenile Hall, she tracks down […]

Continue Reading

KAL BLU ~ Meet the West LA Cadets






While on a hike in Los Liones Canyon on a random Wednesday afternoon, I ran into a group of LAPD Cadets. They were all in high school and have joined an after school leadership program with the LAPD, called, LAPD Cadets. The teens were wearing blue shirts with LAPD embroidered above the pocket. I chatted with […]

Continue Reading

WGF HIGH SCHOOL SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP ~ Sun Valley High






Just loving the faces of these kids. So proud today as they heard professional actors read their scripts. Jonathan wrote a 19 page script. His teacher told me she had never received any work longer than two pages from him. Valerie wrote a horror film script, which had us all terrified. She rewrote it from […]

Continue Reading

WGF HIGH SCHOOL SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP ~ Fairfax High






 My first image of Fairfax High was from Anthony Kiedis bio, SCAR TISSUE – tales of the young Red Hot Chili Peppers mischievous antics.                                

Continue Reading

KAL BLU ~ Meet the Silly Girls






Hanging out with Silly Girls, Hailey Villa, Sarah, Sara Mulligan and Sarah.          

Continue Reading

WGF HIGH SCHOOL SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP ~ Olympic High






A bunch of talented and fantastic kids I had the lucky chance to meet and work with at Olympic High in Santa Monica. A last chance high school. These kids have seen a lot in their young lives.      

Continue Reading

KAL BLU ~ Meet Victoria Le Claire






Regine Zylberberg , once dubbed Queen of New York by the New York Post. It’s said she ran over 50 night clubs in her lifetime. She’s an inspiration for Victoria, a character in my novel, Kalifornia Blu. But the original inspiration comes from Audrey Herman, founder of Spotlighter’s Theater in Baltimore. I started doing theater there […]

Continue Reading

NON FICTION ~ Divine Birthday






I met Divine when I was about 11 at my mom’s costumer’s studio, Bal Masque, in Downtown Baltimore. Divine was being fitted for her rainbow sequin tube top dress to be worn to the Elton John concert. She arrived for the fitting bald, wearing white pants and a white t-shirt with the word Heaven in […]

Continue Reading

STUDENT PROFILE ~ Clyde






When we were in the computer lab at Crenshaw High things really started to happen. On the last day sixteen kids were busily typing their scripts. Most often I couldn’t even get their attention when I’d check in with them. I’d usually walk away and say, “okay, keep working. I’ll leave you alone.” Clyde did […]

Continue Reading

STUDENT PROFILE ~ Luis






“The class started in chaos, as usual, with students dull-eyed, texting or talking. Luis was sneering at me, tattoos crawling out from under his t-shirt, his penetrating eyes challenging me. I gave him the attention he craved: I asked the other students to describe him. What about his look set him aside from the others? […]

Continue Reading

STUDENT PROFILE ~ Natasha






Natasha (name changed) won the WG Foundation High School Screenwriting grand prize $1000 scholarship in 2009. Natasha wrote a 15-page screenplay called, Love Hopeful, which depicted her life as the youngest of six children living in a crack house. She shared a bed in the living room with her cousin and cousin’s boyfriend. A sheet […]

Continue Reading