Elmore Leonard is proof that 86 is the new 56.
The “king of crime writers” is busier than writers half his age.
A Detroiter since 1934 when his General Motor exec father moved the family here, the one-time automotive advertising copywriter published his first non-fiction story in 1951, has written a stack of books (several of which Hollywood has adapted) and has no use for the word retirement.
His 45th novel Raylan is on sale today and coincides with the third season premiere of Justified, the Fox TV show based on U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) from Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole.”
Gotta love this exchange from a Wall Street Journal story in advance of today’s double dose of Elmore Leonard:
WSJ: You’re 86 and still writing every day. What keeps you working when you could easily retire?
EL: I still like to write. I might as well do it. I can’t just sit here and look out the window. There’s a lot of snow out there right now.
Chat live with folks associated with Justified at 9:30 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, January 17 before the show hits the airwaves at 10 p.m.