Fun Facts Friday: Elmore Leonard

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Amer­i­can crime nov­el­ist Elmore Leonard (11 Octo­ber, 1925 – 20 August, 2013) has been recently lost to the lit­er­ary world. While his ear­lier nov­els were west­erns, Mr. Leonard spe­cial­ized in crime fic­tion putting cops and crooks in bizarre sit­u­a­tions to get them­selves out of.

Fun Facts Friday Elmore Leonard

Books by Elmore Leonard

  1. While work­ing at an adver­tis­ing agency in Detroit dur­ing the 1950s, Mr. Leonard started writ­ing west­ern fic­tion and sold more than 30 short sto­ries to magazines.
  2. Mr. Leonard’s nick­name was “Dutch” after a major league jour­ney­man pitcher named Emil “Dutch” Leonard.
  3. Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quite on the West­ern Front was a huge inspi­ra­tion for Mr. Leonard.
  4. Mr. Leonard served 3 years in the U.S. Navy.
  5. Elmore Leonard never owned a computer.
  6. While writ­ing City Primeval, Leonard spent a lot of time with Detroit homi­cide detectives.
  7. For years and years Mr. Leonard main­tained a dis­ci­plined writ­ing sched­ule start­ing at 09:30 and end­ing at 18:00.
  8. When he started writ­ing, Elmore Leonard could pro­duce a page an hour, later on he slowed down to four pages a day.
  9. He was once told by a lit­er­ary agent not to give up his day job.
  10. Newsweek labeled the author as the “Dick­ens of Detroit”.

Books by Elmore Leonard

Check out the inter­view below for writ­ing tips from Mr. Leonard.

Zohar — Man of la Book

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