Thursday, June 30, 2016

Author Interview with Rich Leder

Today I have the pleasure of sharing an interview with Rich Lender. He has a great new book coming out titled Let There Be Linda.  Having read it I can tell you it is awesome! So grab a snack and drink and get ready to divine into the mind of a great writer. 

His Bio: Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades his screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri Star Pictures, and Left Bank Film. He has written four funny novels: McCall & Company Workman's Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler; Porn Star; Monkey Wrench; and Let There Be Linda.

He founded Laugh Riot Press as a imprint for his funny books and the funny books of other indie authors. 

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a little league coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other great things, all of which, it turns out, was Grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina Coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three children. 

Q: Why did you make the Transition from screenwriting to novel writing? 

Rich: After 25 years of telling stories in the strictly regimented format of screenwriting, I had the strong desire to work a deeper, wider canvas. In a script, the writer can only access the thoughts of the characters with action or dialogue. In a novel, the writer can explore the mind and heart and soul of the characters at his/her leisure- Discuss the character' actual thoughts and feeling. Budget is a non-issue with a novel but a big concern with a movie. Sheer number of characters can be problematic in a script but not in a book (so long as the characters are meaningfully created).  Number of locations, page count, and other considerations a movie must make are nonexistent in the world of a novel. 

I wanted to experience writing with out regimentation. 

Q: Describe Let There Be Linda in two words. Try two sentences. 

Rich: I can do six words: Black Comic Thriller of The Year. And I can do five words: Silly, Bloody, Violent, Hilarious Fun. And I can do five words again: Monty Python Meets Quentin Tarantino. And, finally, I can do two words: Wild Ride. 

Q: Where Did Let There Be Linda come from? Who and what were the inspirations? 

Rich: Left field? Shadows in the wood? Breeze in the Meadow? Dark side of the moon? I have no real idea where Linda came from. It was, I suppose, that indescribable moment of creative human magic. But I know who inspired the spirt of the thing: Monty Python and Quentin Tarantino. 

Q: What type of readers would love this book? 

Rich: Readers who like dark comedy. Readers who like thrillers. Readers who like wild rides. Readers who like to laugh out loud. 

Q: Are you done writing films? If so, what does the future hold for Rich Leder and Laugh Riot Press? 

Rich: It feels like I'm done writing screenplays on Spec. If I'm hired to write, then I'll write one. But if I am just going to sit down and write a story, I'm going to write a novel from this point in my life onward. That's what it feels like. 

Q: Why should people read your books? 

Rich: To experience Characters they'll never meet in real life that are so real they'll think they've met them in their real life after all. To laugh out loud. To be thrilled to be transported to another place. To laugh out loud. Did I mention that one? 

Q: What do you want readers to know about you before they start reading you? 

Rich: I love to write, and I love to make readers laugh. I love to tell fantastic stories- hilarious mysteries and dark comic thrillers- and I care enough about my characters to make them real people readers will fall for. 

Thats all the questions we have today! I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about this brilliant author.

 Check out more about Rich in the following links:  Amazon page, Good Reads page, Facebook, Twitter, and the Laugh Riot Press Website

Let There Be Linda Blurb: 
Leder's black comic thriller tells the tall tale of estranged brothers Mike and Dan Miller—accountant and con-man talent agent respectively—up to their necks in the virtual quicksand of LA's San Fernando Valley during the hottest summer in Southern California history.

The root cause of their problems could be the missing seventy-five thousand dollars, or the sadistic, loan shark dwarf and his vicious giant, or the psycho comedian cop on the case, or the coke-snorting dentist, or the deranged zombie real estate developer. Or perhaps it’s the poodle—the poodle is suspect, no doubt. Or maybe it's the grocery store checker who breathes life into death. 

Oh yes, it could be her too.

Check out these current Laugh Riot Press Promotions: 

Buy One Get One Free: Let There Be Linda is on presale on Amazon for $2.99. On July 1st it will be $4.99.
If you preorder Let There Be Linda before July 1st, and send Rich ( a proof of purchase, he will send you a free e-copy of his romantic Hollywood sex comedy Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench. That’s two great reads for $2.99!
Ask a Question, Win a Signed Book! Email Rich any questions you want answered on the Laugh Riot Podcast ( for the chance to win a free signed book! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Andrea! Awesome to be a part of your cool site today. Your support means everything to me.