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Jun 2015

The Best of the Worst is Back

Posted by / in Television / 1 comment

I’m delighted that my book The Best TV Shows That Never Were was published this week in slick ebook and trade paperback editions. But it’s not a new book. It was originally published back in 1991, following the enormous success of my big, fat hardcover Unsold Television Pilots 1955-1989 (which is coming out very soon as an ebook, for the first time ever, and for the first time in a new, single volume trade paperback edition).

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Apr 2015

Working up a Storme: WL Ripley on Creating Series Characters

Posted by / in Guest Posts, The Writing Process / No comments yet

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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06

Apr 2015

The Recipe Behind Gerald Duff’s MEMPHIS RIBS

Posted by / in Guest Posts, The Writing Life, The Writing Process / 3 comments

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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