This is a chance to learn a bit more about Rich Leder, whose novel, McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication, was published in September 2014 by Laugh Riot Press.
About the Author
What I love most about writing . . . is the same thing I have loved about writing for the last 30 years: constructing sentences—one at a time—that I think are really good. To this day, I still love to write a sentence, read it out loud (so that I hear it) and say to myself, “Man, that’s a good sentence.”
The toughest thing about writing . . . is finding enough time to do it. Like most self-pubbing writers, I live a full life. I have outside business interests, I have children, I have cars and a house and bills, I volunteer, and I coach, and I’m busy with people I like to see and things I like to do. And I’m a writer. I’ve somehow made time to write more than 40 movies and four novels, but finding enough time to write continues to be a challenge.
My lifelong hero . . . is my father. He passed away four years ago, and I have missed him every day since then. My dad was the nicest, best guy I ever met. He was kind and fun and funny and fabulous. Total straight shooter. Great sense of humor. Loved to laugh and to make other people laugh. Hard-working. Generous. So generous. Loved sports and music and books and movies and food and family. Loved a good story, to tell one and to hear one. If we were the same age, we would have been great friends. I didn’t just love my dad; I like him too. Bob Leder was the best of the best. And everyone who ever knew him says that. I can never quite fill his shoes. But that’s another conversation…
If I wasn’t a writer, I would be . . . a basketball coach or a sleep-away camp owner or a sleep-away camp owner who coaches basketball.
Other than writing, I am really good at . . . exercising and eating pasta and drinking fine Kentucky bourbon—which is why I have to be really good at exercising, I might add.
When I am writing, I listen to . . . the voices of my characters. How do you know how they sound if you don’t hear them? You think you can hear them in your head? Think again. Your ears are in charge of hearing sounds, including voices. Your brain is in charge of telling you how awesome you are so you’ll stop writing because writing is hard and your brain is lazy and do something much easier, something you’re already good at, like eating pasta and drinking fine Kentucky bourbon.
Favorite Novels: Oh brother, too many favorites. Here are some off the top of my head: The Sportswriter (Richard Ford), A Widow for One Year (John Irving), Trust Me On This (and lots of other novels by Donald E. Westlake), plenty of novels by Carl Hiaasen, everything by John D. MacDonald and Philip Roth and… can I stop now, please?
Favorite Movies: Same as favorite novels, too many to think about. The Godfather I and II. Mississippi Burning. Mel Brooks’ especially crazy shit. Woody Allen’s early crazy shit. Everything by Monty Python. Almost everything by Tarantino. Lots of stuff by Eastwood. Some stuff by Spielberg and Cameron and Wes Anderson and Spike Lee and, well, my brain is saying it’s too hard to list my favorite movies and is now encouraging me to do something easier that I’m already good at, like drinking fine Kentucky bourbon.
Modern convenience I can’t live without: Hot water that magically appears when I turn the handle.
Nobody would guess that I . . . know virtually everything there is to know about wedding planning.
Best advice I’ve received: The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Advice to aspiring authors: Don’t write fiction because you want to make money from writing fiction. Write fiction because there’s a story in your heart that you have to tell. If you’re writing fiction to make money, you’re writing for the wrong reason. Write because you love your writing life.
MCCALL & COMPANY: WORKMAN’S COMPLICATION
WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.
Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigation business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.
A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding and can never work—or dance—again, and then sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.
Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.
But not as much trouble as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.
Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade?
She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.
Even more about Rich Leder: Novelist—Screenwriter
Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.
He has written four funny novels to be released in 2014/2015: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench; and Let There Be Linda.
He founded Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, as an imprint for his funny books and the funny books of other indie authors looking to join an intimate, genre-specific community focused on maximizing the exponential power of year-round digital marketplace exposure.
He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three children.
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