A college graduate, Mr. Buff attended law school, IBM Computer Programming School, the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School, and served as a U.S. Navy officer in engineering and atomic defense on a ship while he lived in Italy and travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. As a newspaper reporter, he wrote numerous articles on employment, entertainment, travel, crime, business, and politics. For the past 10 years he has attended monthly writers’ group meetings with experts on writing as well as special seminars held by IWOSC, Independent Writers of Southern California, where he served on the board of directors; PALA, the Publishers Association of Los Angeles; and Media Bistro. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America. His mainstream novel, A Modern Neanderthal Woman (www.josephtbuff.com) was published in print and online in weekly episodes to AP standards in a Beverly Hills newspaper and could become a movie, or TV series. Mr. Buff was recently filmed in the role of Frank, the father of Dirk, the central character in the movie Malchus, a modern day Mafia plot with Biblical connotations, a “feel good” movie scheduled for release in 2013. He is currently writing the sequel for The Vitamin Queen of Ojai, several short stories, and completing work on two other novels.