Saturday, September 04, 2004

Elmore Leonard

There seem to be lots of interesting writer profiles and interviews around at the moment - perhaps it's the PR machines swinging into action for autumn.

In The Independent, Sholto Byrnes meets Elmore Leonard.

...after 39 novels, many of which have been turned into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown (the last directed by Tarantino, whose association with the writer began as a teenager, when he stole one of Leonard's novels from a bookshop), he still claims not to know what's going to happen when he puts pen to paper. "It's much more fun not to know," he says. "And then to make things up on the spot. I haven't outlined in 30 years or more. When you're plotting, you don't know who the people are, you don't know if they're going to be quirky or odd. So you just have to wait and see how they come out. And get them to talk, that's the main thing."

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