Elmore Leonard (1925—2013)

R.I.P. Elmore Leonard

Screenwriting from Iowa

“Characters are much more important to me—to my book— than plot.”
Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard and his work always embodied much of what I’ve tried to convey on this blog. He wrote more than forty novels, and his work showed up over seven decades in dozens of films and TV programs including Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, and Justified. His work influenced a generation of writers including two-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino who wrote and directed Jackie Brown based on Leonard’s novel.

But what connects Leonard to this blog is he did this not in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles—but in Michigan. He moved to the Detroit area when he was 11 and lived there until he died Tuesday at the age of 87.  Before he became a full-time writer he spent a decade at an ad agency and got his pages in by waking…

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