Les Edgerton is a full-time writer, with 18 books published and the last one came out in August, a black comedy crime caper titled The Genuine, Imatation, Plastic Kidnapping from Down&Out Books. His best-selling book is Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers on Page One and Never Lets Them Go, considered by many as a classic in the writer’s how-to canon. He has a bit of a checkered career, having been an outlaw for many years and doing time in prison (in Pendleton), as well as teaching writing in college for the UCLA Writer’s Program, Trine University, the University of Toledo (writer-in-residence for three years), St. Francis University, Phoenix College as well as a Skype class for the New York Writer’s Workshop with author Jenny Milchman. He also teaches novel-writing in an ongoing private online class and coach writers privately on their novels.
He holds a B.A. from Indiana University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Les’ work has been nominated for or won: the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, Derringer Award, Spinetingler Magazine Award for Best Novel (Legends category), the Jesse Jones Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Violet Crown Book Award and others. One of his stories appeared in the Houghton-Mifflin Best Mystery Stories of 2002. He was awarded two literary grants from Arts Indiana. His screenplays have been named a SemiFinalist in the Nicholl’s and as Finalists in both the Writer’s Guild and Best of Austin competitions. Three of his novels have been translated into German.
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