Elmore Leonard, is an American novelist and screenwriter, and as he’s called in the video – perhaps the king of the hard-boiled novel. But even though he specialized in crime fiction and suspense, his earliest novels were westerns.  I’ve to say, I’m more familiar with the movies that have been made out of his writing.  That’d be works like Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown. His short stories have also been made into films –  3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current TV series on FX, Justified.  Pretty awesome, yes? And I LOVE how he talks about the rhythm of dialogue and voices and how that gives a “sound” to your writing.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.