Literary Birthday – 29 March – Reed Farrel Coleman

Happy Birthday, Reed Farrel Coleman, born 29 March 1956.


  1. In a country that values the ballroom dancing talents of washed-up actors, writers were less than afterthoughts. (Gun Church)
  2. Readers have some peculiar notions about the status of writers, the most foolish of which is that writers are treated like royalty by their publishers. (Gun Church)
  3. I’ve never stopped being influenced by other writers. My writing has become slightly more refined. For me, the more I write, the better I get at it. When I no longer feel I’m getting better as a writer, that’s when I’ll stop. (via)
  4. I suppose all my novels, series or standalones, share at least two essential themes. You can never truly know someone else because it’s impossible to know yourself. And that violence sends echoes through time and reverberates in the future. (via)
  5. I work very very hard on the first fifty pages of a book. As I don’t outline, I need a strong foundation on which to rest the remainder of the book. I’ll write for several hours in the morning and then I work the rest of the day refining what I’ve written. The next day I begin by reading all of what I’ve written the previous day to get a kind of momentum. Until I get to page fifty, I reread all the pages I’ve done to start my writing day. So by the time I get to page 51, I’ve read the beginning of the book at least 25 to 30 times. And each time I tweak it just a little bit. (via)

Reed Farrel Coleman is an American crime writer and poet. He was called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the noir poet laureate in the Huffington Post. He is the New York Times-bestselling author of thirty novels—including five in Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series—short stories, poetry, and essays. He created the acclaimed series characters, Moe Prager and Gus Murphy who features in What You Break. Follow him on Twitter: @ReedFColeman

Source for image  Photo by Michael Parmalee

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 29th March 2019