Joseph W. Naus was born in 1971. He graduated from Pepperdine Law and passed the Bar in 1997. As related in his harrowing yet hopeful memoir, Straight Pepper Diet, Joseph was raised by his mom, a heroin addict turned shut-in depressive, amidst crime and poverty. At age 32, Joseph’s American Dream life became a nightmare when his addictions to sex and alcohol collided and exploded. “On Tuesday, I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday, I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed charged with attempted murder … and then it got worse.” Spoiler alert: Despite the odds, Joseph is alive and well. He lives in Echo Park in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and cat, and is working on his next book, Golf is Magic (Not Exactly a Book about Golf).