STEVEN PAUL LEIVA was kidnapped by Hollywood in his twenties, and toiled there for many years as a producer and writer, working with the great and the not-so-great, who were often, oddly, one and the same.
Eventually, he escaped -- or was expelled -- after producing the animation for "Space Jam," pairing the witty Bugs Bunny with the sweaty Michael Jordan.
And beyond the prison walls of Hollywood:
His play, "Made on the Moon," had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been performed in America by such actors as Paul Provenza, Robert Picardo and John Billingsley.
His Hollywood satiric thrillers, "Blood is Pretty: the First Fixxer Adventure" and "Hollywood is An All-Volunteer Army: The Second Fixxer Adventure" have been published by Crossroad Press and feature, not surprisingly, the mysterious character, The Fixxer.
Leiva's science fiction satire on man's place in the universe, "Traveling in Space," a unique first contact novel told from the aliens' point-of-view, has been published by Bluroof Press.
Bluroof Press has also published "Searching for Ray Bradbury: Writings about the Man and the Writer," eight essays that Steven wrote about his friend and colleague from 2009 to 2012
In 2010, Steven created and organized RAY BRADBURY WEEK IN LOS ANGELES in celebration of the literary master's 90th birthday, and directed, as part of the celebrations, Bradbury's one-act play, "The Better Part of Wisdom," starring James Cromwell, Seamus Dever, and Jeff Cannata. A historical record of RAY BRADBURY WEEK, with photos and videos, can be found at the RAY BRADBURY WEEK Facebook page. Steven also spearheaded the effort to name the major downtown Los Angeles intersection of Fifth & Flower, Ray Bradbury Square.
Steven's latest from Crossroad Press is the comic novel, "By the Sea", a modern adult fairytale with an ensemble cast of Cinderellas.
Steven has written articles, essays and reviews for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, The Bulletin: the quarterly magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Massimo Pigliucci's Scientia Salon, and the New York Journal of Books. He became a blogger for the Huffington Post in 2012 on the recommendation of the Huff Post's then great Senior Science Correspondent, Cara Santa Maria.