Interview with Lee Goldberg, best selling author (Part two)

Lee with Janet Evanovich
Lee with Janet Evanovich

Lee Goldberg: ‘ I am an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance Sexual Surrogate and a professional Pierce Brosnan impersonator.  Okay, that’s not true. But I want this biography to be really exciting, so pay attention. If things bog down, I’ve been instructed to add a car chase or some explicit sex.Here’s the real story. I writes books and television shows. My mother wanted me to be a doctor, and my grandfather wanted me to go into the family furniture business. Instead, I put himself through UCLA as a freelance journalist.’

The Interview with Lee  (part 2)

Q. and the all important: What does the process of going from “no book” to “finished book” look like?

A. That’s such a broad question, it would take a book to answer it. But in simple terms for me, it looks like a 400 page manuscript printed out on my desk…and lots of empty diet coke cans in my recycle bin.
Q. Where/when do you first discover your characters ?

A. . The characters come first, the story comes next. You can’t tell a story without the characters. Story is character.

Lee with Gene Hackman
Lee with Gene Hackman

Q. What inspired your story/stories ?

A. I have no idea. What I can say is that my story process usually begins with a clever, fun, interesting, scary, unusual, perplexing conflict of some kind that my characters get into.

Q. Have you? Or do you want to write in another genre`?

Lee with Barry Eisler
Lee with Barry Eisler

A. On TV, I’ve written cop shows, doctor shows, lifeguard shows, monster shows, just about everything. Bookwise, I like writing crime novels. But I’ve also written a horror novel (The Dead Man”), an epic thriller (“The Walk”) and a western of sorts (Mr. Monk In Trouble, half of which takes place in the 1800s).

Q. Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

A. The rumors that I am a hermaphrodite are not true.

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