Rich Leder - We talk about screenwriting and novel writing and how doing both has influenced his process.


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Our conversation with Rich covers a ton of ground, including the open door policy he established with his family. Moving from New Jersey to New York to California to Willmington and how he uses his screenwriting paradigm to write his novels and gets to fill every movie making role when he writes prose. Andrew and I were both also impressed by how he pitched his books at the end of the podcast so if you are having trouble talking people into reading your book give the end a listen.

Rich has written more than 50 screenplays and had 18 scripts produced and is working on his 6th novel.

He studied Screenwriting at The New School in NYC.

Writing software

He uses Syd Field's screenwriting paradigm for both his screenplays and his novels.

Some of his writing heroes include Richard Ford, Stephen King, Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard.

What he has been reading
Damned by Chuck Palahnuik
Island of the Sequinned Love Nun by Christopher Moore
The Sports Writer by Richard Ford
A Widow for One Year by John Irving
Carl Hiaasen

Find him online

If you like murder mysteries try his McCall & Company Series.

If you enjoy dark comedy try Let There Be Linda

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