BILLY MERNIT wrote his first book at age five (a 33-page illustrated fable entitled
The Wee Little Cat, available in one extremely limited edition).
In his late teens he began his writing career as a composer-lyricist whose songs were recorded by Carly Simon and Judy Collins, among others. During his many years in the entertainment industry, he's written for television (NBC's legendary Santa Barbara) and worked as both screenwriter and script consultant.
Known as "the guru of rom-com" for his best-selling screenwriting textbook, Writing the Romantic Comedy (Harper/Collins) and his popular blog Living the Romantic Comedy, Billy teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and is a frequent guest speaker at writing conferences around the country.
Imagine Me and You: A Novel (Random House/ Shaye Areheart Books) is his first published work of literary/mainstream fiction.