Collection: Brooks Wachtel

Lady Sherlock: Circle of the Smiling Dead may be Brooks Wachtel’s first novel, but he is no stranger to crafting compelling stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning writer with a long resume in TV and film.

Wachtel has written more than 100 produced episodes of television fiction, with shows as diverse as Fox’s live-action Young Hercules (starring Ryan Gosling) and animated hits like Spider-Man, X-Men, Heavy Gear, Robo-Cop, Beast Machines: Transformers, and PBS’ Liberty’s Kids. For younger viewers, he penned episodes of the pre-school hits, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Rainbow Fish. Wachtel’s episode, “I Did it My Way,” for Tutenstein won an Emmy Award.

For The History Channel, he co-created, co-wrote and executive produced many episodes of the hit series DogFights. Wachtel also wrote and produced other documentaries for that network, including episodes of Defending America: National Guard and The Coast Guard. Additionally, he wrote The Great Ships, Search and Rescue, The Royal Navy, and Fly Past, which won the Cine Golden Eagle Award. Wachtel recently co-wrote and co-produced Silver Tsunami, an award-winning independent theatrical documentary.

When not writing, Wachtel serves on the Steering Committee of the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, West; as well as teaching screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He is a performing magician member of Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

Get to know him through his blog at

Brooks Wachtel