Les EdgertonLes Edgerton has published more than 20 books, his latest Hard Times, was published by Bronzeville Books on December 7, 2020.

Les teaches creative writing on the university level, through private coaching of writers, and on various on-line venues.

His fiction has been nominated for or won: the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award (short story category), Derringer Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Book Award, the Violet Crown Book Award, The Spinetingler Magazine Award for Best Thriller and others. Screenplays of his have placed as a Semifinalist in the Nicholl’s Foundation Competition and as Finalists in the Writer’s Guild and Best of Austin competitions.

He lives with his wife Mary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

During the podcast, we chat about his background, which includes serving two years in prison for burglary, his teaching other writers, and about reading and his books.

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Show Notes

Other author mentions: Jack London, Danny Gardner, Cormac McCarthy, Maegan Beaumont (one of Les’s students), Robert Rotstein (one of Les’s students), Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus (The Stranger had a big impact on Les’s writing).

Les mentioned during the interview that the movie, THELMA AND LOUISE is such a well-written story that he uses to teach his students, so I found the screenplay to read. You can find it here if you’re interested: https://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Thelma-&-Louise.html


About the Author
I write thriller and crime fiction novels and host the Meet the Thriller Author podcast where I interview authors of mystery, thriller, and suspense books.

2 comments on “MTTA 126: Les Edgerton

  1. Les Edgerton says:

    Thanks for a truly great interview, Alan! Send me your email address and I’ll send you a chapter from my Thelma&Louise craft book I’m currently writing and you’ll see why I hold it in such high regard. Blue skies, Les

  2. Judd says:

    I “met” Les years ago when his book about writing great openings “Hooked” was a gift from my wife and, quite frankly, changed my entire style. True to his form, I emailed him to thank him and we chatted back and forth a bit. He even joined a Writers Group website I’d built, pagebuoy.com (that has since folded) and I always treasured his feedback on how to improve it. Such a genuine guy who is so real he’ll either give you his whole thoughts on it or send you on your way. I just love his way.
    Great interview, great site, great guy, that Les. Good, good stuff.

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