Ozzie Cheek wrote his first story when he was in the 5th grade, a cowboy story. His first publications were short stories in obscure literary magazines. His first income as a writer came from writing dirty letters for a men’s magazine under a female pen name. After laboring on four unfinished novels, Ozzie moved to Los Angeles in the 1990′s and found work as a staff writer on a TV series. He wrote movies for HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBS, and Fox. He wrote and produced the TV movie Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. He earned an M.A. in Communication and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
In 2008, Ozzie returned to prose writing. He is the co-author of Why Planes Crash, the memoir of an aviation disaster investigator, published in 2011. The thriller Claws is Ozzie’s first novel. He currently is working on a novel-in-stories entitled White Boy Blues, due for completion in 2012, and a sequel to Claws.