I have ummed and ahhed and deleted and rewritten this biog more times that I can count. Writing about myself does not come easily. When asked to write a paragraph about me for the front of Lost Christmas I wrote this:
David Logan was abducted by aliens in 1943 while serving as a fighter pilot in the RAF. On his return he invented Marmalade by accident, became a spy and an occasional jewel thief. He won France in a game of bridge from Omar Sharif but the French argue that France wasn’t Omar Sharif’s to wager in the first place. The argument continues to this day though Dave has recently decided that it’s a silly place and he doesn’t really want it after all. He speaks nine languages and has the largest collection of shoelaces in the world. In 2003, he represented Great Britain at the Olympics and came first in every event. He is a compulsive liar and most of this biog is untrue. He lives in Hove, East Sussex with his wife, Lisa; three children, Joseph, Grace and Gabriel; and his dog, Harper
I make stuff up for a living
My agent politely suggested I write something else so I did. You can read it at the front of the book. It’s very dull. Just to clarify, the blurb about me is dull, not the book. The book is very good indeed and would make an excellent gift for anyone and everyone you know.
I grew up in Sussex and nearly always knew that I wanted to be a writer. I made short films when I was a teenager (they were appalling but fun to make). I wrote my first feature length script at 17 (it was also appalling and had a potential audience of 3 as it was about myself and two of my friends – Carl McAdam and Jason Cramer). I continued to write screenplays and gradually got better at it.
I got my first agent on the strength of a script called CIRCUS, which became my first film and starred John Hannah, Famke Janssen and Eddie Izzard. It also led to me getting my second and third agents, these two in L.A. I started working in Hollywood. I started working for studios. I’ve worked for all of the majors apart from Disney as I write this. I hadn’t really thought of that before and I shall now endeavour to get a job there so I have the full set.
Before CIRCUS was even made, my British agent sadly passed away. Her name was Jane Annakin and she was a very nice lady. Her father was Ken Annakin, who had directed dozens of films, including THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES. I moved to a new agency, got agents four and five and a wife. This wasn’t a joining bonus. Not everyone gets one. Mine was my agent’s assistant. Her name was Lisa Cornish, now Logan.
Lisa moved to the south coast with me. We now have three children: Joseph William Wilder (yes, named after Billy Wilder), Grace Heather Mary (though she has recently rechristened herself Grace Heather Mary Rose Lily Zoe Harriet Betty – we don’t really know why), and Gabriel George John Atticus (named after Atticus Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD). Our dog is called Harper after Harper Lee and we’ve had him for over a year before the Beckhams called their daughter Harper so we didn’t copy them.
In my career as a screenwriter I have written original screenplays, adapted books and comics, rewritten other peoples’ scripts and worked with lots of interesting and diverse directors and producers. Since writing my first book, a whole new world of possibilities has opened up. I make stuff up for a living, which is a great way to spend a day, and probably why I’m not comfortable writing about myself. Though I still managed to knock out this biog so maybe I’m not as uncomfortable as I pretend. Maybe I was just making all that up. After all, it is what I do for a living.