Producer | Writer
Lee Chavis is a screenwriter and novelist, born in Suffolk, Virginia. He moved to Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s and spent nearly thirty years there as a business management consultant. During his formative years, Chavis was an accomplished concert violinist and was awarded the William S. Newman Violin Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in music but later went on to graduate with degrees in political science and honors in philosophy.
After a brief stint at the Campbell University School of Law, Chavis worked as a legal researcher in Washington, D.C. and in 1983 published a manual titled The Consumer and the Credit Transaction. Later, Chavis decided to try his hand at writing fiction and by chance came across Sherry Gottlieb, a bestselling novelist whose credits include Love Bite and the 1995 TV-movie Deadly Love starring Susan Dey. Gottlieb took Chavis under her wing almost immediately, and after several years of editing, instruction, and guidance on the art of fiction writing and three-act structure, Chavis completed his first novel in 2009 titled A Dance in Paradise, a tragicomedy about a first-year law student who grapples with the untimely death of his grandfather.
In 2013, he wrote his first screenplay, The Last Immortal, with Karim Lounes, a science fiction thriller about a warlock who seeks revenge against a scientist for a ritual that goes awry. In 2016, Chavis partnered with Latin American Studies scholar Conchita Franco Serri to write The War Necklace, a 19th-century period drama of a Venezuelan land baron setting sail for Spain to seek a favorable business deal only to discover that the king has conned him into returning valuable pearls while plotting to take over his empire. In 2018, Chavis completed Endless Passion, a crime drama thriller about a movie mogul whose past comes back to haunt him by those threatening to expose him as a drug lord and money launderer.
His latest project, The Stillness of Dark, set in circa 1918, revolves around an Amish woman and her English fiancée returning home from the war emotionally shattered and with actions that will lead to disastrous consequences.