But he was so compelled by the story of his father -- a British soldier who hunted Nazis during World War II -- that he wrote the play Magnum's Opus.
The show was presented at a staged reading at the Dallas Holocaust Center in August.
He says the play allowed him to explore the subject more deeply on an emotional level than a nonfiction narrative would have allowed.
"Writers toil away at their computers, and it's a fairly solo act. But the staged reading of a play is a collaborative process," he says.
"The characters don't just come alive on the printed page, but actors breathe life into your words -- your characters, thoughts and feelings take human form. The transformation is as awesome as it is humbling."