Interview with best selling Author, Lee Goldberg (part 1)

Goldberg.1photo-3     I first met Lee while publishing my interview with Janet Evanovich.  He recently co-wrote The Chase with Janet.  His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he wrote the eight books in the Diagnosis Murder series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. He followed that up by writing fifteen bestselling novels based on Monk, another TV show that he worked on. So I was delighted when Lee agreed to be interviewed.

Q. Where do you write? Do you have a special room, shed, barn, special space for your writing? (please upload a photo/s of your shed, room, closet, barn….)

A. I have an office in my house where I write surrounded by books and James Bond posters (I alternate the posters every month or so). But I can, and do, write just about anywhere.

Q. Do you have any special rituals when you sit down to write? (a neat work space, sharpened #2 pencils, legal pad, cup of tea, glass of brandy, favorite pajamas, etc.)

A. I usually have a Diet Coke within easy reach. Other than than, I usually begin by re-reading whatever I wrote the night before and rewriting that.

Q. What is your mode of writing? (long hand? Pencil? Computer? Etc.)

A.These days I write on a MacBook Pro, but every now and then I’ll write out a scene in a notebook by hand…but I have to retype it fast or I won’t be able to make any sense out of it. My handwriting has always been bad, but has been worse since an accident I had a few years ago that severely injured my right arm.

Q. Do you have a set time each day to write or do you write only when you are feeling creative?

My work space
My work space

A. I write all day, but i do my best work between 8 pm and 2 am.

Q. What’s your best advice to other writers for overcoming procrastination?

A. Look at your mortgage bill.

Q. Do you ‘get lost’ in your writing and for how long?

A. I do…and it can last for hours. I sit down at 8 pm and next thing I know it’s 2 am

Q. Who or what is your “Muse” at the moment?

A. I find that watching an episode of JUSTIFIED or reading Robert B. Parker’s early Spensers is like listening to great music and picking up the beat. It gets me revved up to write.

Q. When did you begin to write seriously?

Lee with Michael Connelly
Lee with Michael Connelly

A. You’ll laugh, but I have been writing since first or second grade. My Mom framed a piece of paper where I wrote, in crayon, “I like to tell stories.”

Q. How long after that were you published?

A. My first novel, .357 Vigilante by “Ian Ludlow,” was published when I was in college.

Q. What makes a writer great?

A. A good imagination and a strong voice.

Lee with Joseph Wambaugh
Lee with Joseph Wambaugh

Don’t Miss Part 2 this Thursday, April 10th.


In addition to my twice weekly blog I also feature an interview with another author once a month. So come along with me; we shall sneak into these writers’ special places, be a fly on the wall and watch them create!   

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