Meet Miles Hood Swarthout
Miles Hood Swarthout is the screenwriter of The Shootist, John Wayne's final film, based upon Miles' late father, Glendon's, prize-winning novel. Miles' Shootist screenplay received a Writers' Guild nomination for Best Adaptation back in 1976. Miles also wrote the teleplay for another of his father's novellas, A Christmas Gift, which was made into the CBS TV-Movie, A Christmas To Remember, in 1978. Miles has sold and optioned other adaptations of his dad's novels, plus written original screenplays ever since. The Swarthouts have The Homesman, a dual prize-winning frontier Western novel by Glendon/adaptation by Miles, currently in active development with stars attached at Sony Television for a possible TV miniseries.

As a filmmaker, Miles' 35mm. short comedy, Mulligans!, made via the year-long short filmmaking program at UCLA Adult Extension in 1997, played in 42 film festivals around the world, and won 8 prizes, including 3 overseas.

Besides writing a Hollywood column for The Roundup, the Western Writers of America's bi-monthly magazine, Miles has also written articles for Persimmon Hill, True West magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Arizona Republic. In 2001, Miles edited his late father's 14 short stories into a collection for Michigan State University Press, Easterns and Westerns. His own novel, The Sergeant's Lady, published by TOR/Forge Books in NY, won the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best First Western Novel of 2004.

Miles is an English literature graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a Master's degree in Telecommunications from USC (1973). He has taught screenwriting and film history at three different colleges. He has a chapter on the filming of The Shootist in Kensington Books' revised edition of their bestseller, Duke, We're Gad We Knew You. He recently complete his 2nd Western novel, The Last Shootist, a sequel to his late father's classic Western novel, which he hopes to see published in 2011.

More about the entire Swarthout writing family, their novels and stories and the 8 Hollywood films made from them, can be found on their literary website, www.glendonswathout.com  Miles lives in the Los Angeles area and invites his readers and fans to contact him at miles.swarthout@verizon.net. 

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