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Apr 2015

Working up a Storme: WL Ripley on Creating Series Characters

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Wyatt Storme evolved from a love of mystery characters like Travis McGee, Spenser, and the protagonists of Elmore Leonard’s many novels. But in shaping Storme as a series lead, I wanted a neo-classic mystery/thriller hero who would seem familiar and yet would be uniquely his own person and uniquely my own creation.

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Apr 2015

The Mail I Get – I Don’t Remember Edition

Posted by / in Diagnosis Murder, Monk Books, The Mail I Get / 2 comments

“I’ve long admired your work on Diagnosis Murder, especially the fifth season. I emailed you about ten years ago asking if you had a floor plan of the beach house from Diagnosis Murder. You said you had one but misplaced it. I’ve taken it upon myself to draw a floor plan myself using footage from the show as well as from satellite images…”

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Apr 2015

The Mail I Get – Monk Edition

Posted by / in Monk Books, The Mail I Get / 3 comments

I still get lots of questions and comments each day about my Monk books… here’s a sampling: Dear Lee, It was with mixed feelings that I read Mr. Monk’s last adventure.  Happiness at reading more enjoyable Monk escapades, and sadness that there will be no more of them. I did appreciate that one of the lipo-suction patients […]

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Apr 2015

The Recipe Behind Gerald Duff’s MEMPHIS RIBS

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My friend author Gerald Duff shares the story behind the writing of his tasty new novel Memphis Ribs, which Entertainment Weekly calls ‘A tangy tale of murder, gang warfare, crack cocaine, and barbecue.’ I’m sucker for a great thriller and for barbecue, so this was a home run for me!

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Apr 2015

A Brash Idea Becomes a Publishing Company

Posted by / in Me Me Me, Self Publishing / 3 comments

I’ve been at this long enough that many of my own books have fallen out of print, too. But I brought them back in new, self-published Kindle and paperback editions and, to my surprise and delight, they sold extremely well. It occurred to me that if I could do it for my books, why couldn’t I do the same thing for all those forgotten books that I love?

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Mar 2015

The Story Behind THE WALK

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my thriller THE WALK, which twice hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list and, if you don’t count my co-authored books with Janet Evanovich, is the bestselling novel of my career. It didn’t start out that way.

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Mar 2015

Mark Smith on Writing “The Death of The Detective”

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The Death of the Detective is widely considered to be one of the best detective novels ever written…and was a National Book Award finalist. It was a honor for me to be able to republish it this last month through my company, Brash Books. I’ve asked my friend Mark Smith to share the story of how his remarkable book was written.

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Mar 2015

Sammy Davis Jr. Sings his Eight Favorite TV Theme Songs

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One of my guilty pleasures are Sammy Davis Jr’s craptastic TV themes song covers… some of which he must have commissioned just to sell records (who knew there were vocals to KOJAK!?). Here they are: 1. KOJAK 2. THE JEFFERSONS 3. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW 4. CHICO AND THE MAN 5. MARY HARTMAN, MARY […]

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