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Author & Writer: Books, Film, TV.



Work Experience



Author M. Rutledge McCall has written, edited and ghostwritten scores of books for dozens of high-profile clients around the world. His critically-acclaimed book, "Slipping Into Darkness," was optioned for film by David O. Sacks, Co-Founder of PayPal.  
McCall has been featured on TV shows such as "NBC Today," BBC News, PBS, CNN News, KNBC News "Nightside Cover Story," PBS/KCET's "Life And Times: Thinkers, Shakers and Newsmakers," "Larry King Live," ABC News 9 Australia, and others.  
His clientele includes people named in "Newsweek" and "Forbes" magazines' Most Powerful People lists, major book publishing companies, university presidents, professional athletes, celebrities, members of the armed forces and law enforcement, business owners, CEOs, tech entrepreneurs, Ph.Ds, investors, MDs, and others. He writes in nonfiction and fiction genres that include drama, supernatural thriller, sports, true crime, history, medical mystery, business, biography/autobiography, self-improvement, theology, the economy, money management, sociology, and more. Several books he has ghostwritten have sold in best-seller quantities.  
McCall is also a film & TV script doctor, and is a former project development partner with prolific movie producer Morris Ruskin. Earlier in his career, McCall was a senior executive in literary career management & consulting, and a managing senior editor in the book publishing business. Prior to that, he worked in the one-hour drama writers departments for most of the American TV networks and in production management for all of the major U.S. film companies, on some of the highest-grossing movies and top Nielsen-rated shows. 
(To read a few Endorsements of his writing, see below.)


BRINGING GREAT IDEAS TO LIFE: (1) CREATIVE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Writing, Ghostwriting and Developmental Editing of Fiction & Nonfiction Books, and Film & TV Scripts. (2) PUBLISHING CONSULTATION. (3) FILM & TELEVISION CONTENT DEVELOPMENT. (4) CONTACT:

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" riveting as it is raw..." - Publishers Weekly 
"Like Hunter S. Thompson, McCall immerses himself totally in the milieu...brilliantly portrays a life and place most Americans can only imagine. More than just an observer, McCall's on-the-scene perspective is stunning... From beginning to end, a riveting account." - Brett Peruzzi, Ebooks Reviews 
"Powerful...engrossing...meaningful and relevant. McCall's poetic prose has a 'Fight Club' quality... with suspenseful vignettes building toward anarchy... Unique and illuminating. Think 'Donny Brasco'-meets-'Fight Club'-meets-'Traffic'." - Don Morgan, Phoenix Pictures; "6TH MAN"; "A THIN RED LINE" 
"McCall...truly an amazing writer." - Susan Solomon, Industry Entertainment; "CSI: Crime Scene Investigators"/CBS 
"Rich and detailed...visual and in your face. I really love this book." - Billy Finkelstein, Emmy Award Winning Writer; "Law & Order"; "Brooklyn South"; "NYPD Blue"; "L.A. Law"; "Murder One" 
"An amazing story. Good book." - F. Gary Gray, Director; "THE NEGOTIATOR"; "THE ITALIAN JOB"; "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON"; "THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS" 
"Poignant...a powerfully important work with implications for every major city the world over." - Carol Wightman, Senior Producer; BBC Scotland 
"This book is kick a*s--I loved it." - Peter Iliff, Writer; "PATRIOT GAMES"; "POINT BREAK" 
"An immense and breathtaking research...McCall is a legend." - Neheda Barakat, Executive Producer, ABC-TV Australia 
"McCall's experience, his writing, the whole thing--excellent, amazing." - Stacy Peralta, Director; "RIDING GIANTS"; "DOG TOWN AND Z BOYS" 
"Wow, what a ride—one we can all learn from...a gruesome reality..." - Julia Rogers, Reporter; KABC News, Los Angeles 
"Gritty...a true triumph... McCall pries up the corner beneath the polite media us a good look at the dark subconscious of our society." - George Geiger, Writer-Producer; "Profiler"; "Miami Vice"; "Hunter" 
"...a great book...powerful." - Frank Yablans, Writer-Studio Chief; "NORTH DALLAS 40"; "MOMMY DEAREST" 
"This is a great story. It'll make a great movie." - David Sacks (Co-Founder of PayPal); Producer, Room 9 Ent.; "THANK YOU FOR SMOKING" 
"An astounding book...I really loved it." - Marla Ginsburg, Producer, Vertikal Ent.; "La Femme Nikita"; "Highlander" 
"A movie-ready letter... Accessible for all readers...a natural for the big screen." - Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)  
"Awesome...simply incredible. McCall is one of the best writers in America today. Definitely Pulitzer material." - Cindy Bond, President, Providence Ent.; "OMEGA CODE"; "EXTREME DAYS" 
"Riveting...disturbing...thought provoking...a monumental achievement. A must-read... rousing, inspirational, exciting won't be able to put down or forget." - Charles Holland, J.D., Writer-Producer; "J.A.G."; "Murder One"; "Soul Food"; "Profiler" 
"So intense that there were times I had to walk away from it...most realistic..." - Scribesworld Reviews 
"...'dirty realism' [takes] the readers to gritty places and slices of life... described unflinchingly... with a rich but clean writing style. ...unanticipated personal descent into darkness. ...any reader would be amazed at what [McCall was] able to accomplish without getting killed... took some guts and naviete..." - Dr. Wilbur J. Scott, Professor; U.S. Air Force Academy Dept. of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership 
"...gripping and dark...subtle and engaging..." - Andrea McCall, V.P.; DreamWorks SKG 
"...[McCall's] story is the 'APOCALYPSE NOW' of the American inner city ghetto." - Jonathan Krauss, Illusion Entertainment; "JFK" 
"...reminds us that our capacity to do good as individuals is matched only by our ability to do evil as a group...McCall is masterful!" - Orlando Jones; "TIME MACHINE"; "DOUBLE TAKE"; "THE REPLACEMENTS"; "MAGNOLIA" 
"This is great stuff...McCall can [flat-out] write." - Steve Feke, Writer/Producer; "Profiler"; "Beastmaster"; "Sins of the City"  
"A great read and a thrilling ride! ...a tale of dogged human aspiration, invention and the capacity to believe in the impossible. ...This book is a testament to what people can achieve if their will never falters." - Rachel Boynton, Emmy and Tribeca Film Festival-nominated, Edward R. Murrow Award-winning Director; "Our Brand is Crisis"; "P.O.V."; "Big Men" 
"McCall's writing is sick. He's a nice guy, too." - Stephen Belafonte, Producer; "BAD LIEUTENANT: Port of Call New Orleans"; "MUTANT CHRONICLES"; "NEVER DIE ALONE" 
"Highly recommended...a masterful piece of work by ANY this book, and mark its lessons well." - Karen Bernardo; 
" incredible insight into understanding what it means to be human. McCall is a sharp writer capable of mind blowing ideas that are accessible to the public at large." - Jackson Raine; "Beastmaster"/Tribune TV Network 
"An incredible account. Well done!" - Tom Morton, "The Tom Morton Show"; BBC U.K. 
"...the most intense book for revealing the extreme..." - Dr. Eric Goldfeder, Ph.D; 
"....a tragic tale, primal...compelling, which McCall brings to us with raw, intoxicating energy. A fearless hegira into a place and consciousness so foreign it's difficult to believe it exists in America. A book for the brave." - Dr. Alexander Martin, Ph.D.; Psychotherapist 
"McCall has an unusual ability... His perspective, insight and experience are priceless... I look forward to many more years of our friendship and partnership..." - Dr. Kenneth Ulmer, Ph.D., President, King's University, Los Angeles 
"McCall's not common... He has helped shape this material into something that I believe will greatly help the next generation of leaders." - Dr. Phil Pringle, Ph.D., Chancellor, C3 College, Sydney, Australia 
"McCall is a pleasure to work with. He is always professional, always thorough and refreshingly creative in his product. I highly recommend M. Rutledge McCall." - Leslie Pedernales, Attorney at Law; Moore & Van Allen, Charlotte, N.C. 
"McCall is a true talent and the ultimate professional. He was able to dissect my words and thoughts... put them on paper as if he was in my head.... and eloquently write a flowing story. Through his descriptive and creative writing style, I was able to visualize events from long ago and feel like I was living them again. I highly recommend McCall; he's the best." - Bryan Donahue, Motivational Speaker/Author; North Haven, CT 
"If McCall has availability in his schedule, you better hire him for your project today. In the world of ghostwriting, he is one of the best writers and project managers... you'll have an outstanding, professionally written book and it will have been an easy and enjoyable process." - Leah Nicholson, Production Manager;, Traverse City, MI