“I feel like I do,” Farris responded when he was asked if he knew enough about both occupations to recreate them effectively in fiction.
No surprise, since Farris is an entertainment lawyer and of counsel to Vincent Lopez Serafino Jeneve in Dallas, and a screenwriter.
Farris said he writes novels “for fun.”
"The Bequest" ranks as Farris’ fourth published book. He wrote the thrillers "Kanaka Blues," "Manifest Intent," and "Rules of Privilege." He co-wrote Robert Hinkle’s memoir "Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood," and ghostwrote journalist Murphy Martin’s memoir "Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades that Reshaped America."
"The Bequest" has a thriller plot too, according to its publisher’s description. A struggling actress inherits (or thinks she inherits) the brilliant script of an un-produced writer who died suddenly. The actress only discovers the weekend that the presumed blockbuster is scheduled to open, that the screenwriter’s alleged death raises questions and some of those point to her as a murder suspect.
Farris said he can imagine "The Bequest" story on the big screen someday and that two production companies in Los Angeles are already looking at the book.
Farris is not the only one at the firm with big screen ideas, Sally Helppie, of counsel at Vincent Lopez, produces movies in which Farris has played bit parts.