A couple of years ago I e-mailed Denis Hamill. I wanted to be a writer and I figured I needed to reach out to someone that knows the craft. I asked Denis for some advice. The former seventh avenue resident took the time to send me a long response. I still have the e-mail to this day and read it often.
Denis mentioned that I needed to read, and read a lot. To be honest, as a kid I hated to read…books that is.
DH told me try different books and different authors; both good and bad.
One writer in particular he mentioned, a good one that is was Elmore Leonard. On Tuesday, Mr. Leonard passed away. He was 87.
I took Denis’ advice and went out to read all of Leonard’s work. I’m currently reading ‘Get Shorty‘.
RIP Elmore Leonard.