Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Hello. My Name Is Leslie...And I'm A Steakololic...
My name is Leslie Langtry and I write dark humor/mystery. I have four books about a family of assassins.
'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy
Guns Will Keep Us Together
Stand By Your Hitman
I Shot You Babe
Why do I write about assassins? Because it's fun. That and my husband, a bodyguard, has a larger library on assassination than our local library. That doesn't sound weird, does it?
Each book is about a different member of the Bombay family, starting with Gin Bombay. I loved writing them. Sometimes, I pick them up and skim the books and wonder if I really did write them.
I'd written the first book and nervously pitched it to the lovely and amazing Leah Hultenscmidt at Dorchester. She bought it one week later.
Interestingly enough, I recieved a rejection letter from an agent on the same day I got THE CALL with the offer. The agent said, "This book will never sell. I'm not interested." I had that letter framed.
That just goes to show you how subjective this crazy business is. One person's trash is another's treasure. Which is how we come to what I'm reading.
The best book I've read this year is THREE MEN IN A BOAT - TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Jerome K. Jerome. And it was written in the nineteenth century. It's a charming and funny little book about three men in straw hats and striped jackets taking a boat trip along the Thames.
After that, I read Connie Willis' TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG, a hilarious time travel book that has some connections to my first recommendation. Read them. Trust me.
I read quite a range of books. I just finished THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin and STIFF: A CURIOUS HISTORY OF HUMAN CADAVERS by Mary Roach. Good stuff - I highly recommend.
I'm thrilled to be part of this blog, among some talented and wonderful fellow authors! I honestly don't know why they let me in. (No, seriously, why did they let me in? If you know, tell me.)