They certainly seem to be the only ones still buying imported and even translated novels in large numbers.
From Jungle Red—Writing well is the best revenge: At the link, “Steven Kerry Brown, a real life private investigator, is here to tell us about mistakes fiction writers make with their fictional PIs.”
Elmore Leonard And Sons’ Recipies For Writing, And Fried Spam via Frank Wilson. The beginning of the transcript from NPR News:
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Scott Simon. Got to interview America’s number one crime family couple weeks ago at the Tucson Book Festival, and not the Corleones. Elmore, Peter and Chris Leonard.
Elmore Leonard, of course, is one of the most esteemed writers in the world. He left the Detroit ad business to write westerns, then switched to crime fiction, and has since produced more than 40 novels, including “Get Shorty,” “Cuba Libre,” “Maximum Bob,” and the forthcoming “Djibouti.”
Peter Leonard also left the ad business to write crime novels, including “Quiver” and “Trust Me.” And Chris Leonard, the youngest son, is writing his first novel.
Not for me, but in an article called, “Writing American Crime Fiction in the Wake of Stieg Larsson,” the author suggests the world has changed and offers some advice for those wanting to write crime fiction:
I’m looking for real women. Women who have strong character, are intelligent, can exercise independence but also appreciate the value of relationships. These women have goals and dreams, flaws and imperfections. I guess these are the women I would like to know and be friends with. The women I’d enjoy spending hours with.
Yes, I think I would enjoy spending hours with these women also—in books.
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