Bonus - Interview with Crime Writer Les Edgerton.


Les Edgerton was born in Odessa, Texas. He grew up in Freeport, Texas and in and around South Bend, Indiana. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. Later, he was sentenced to two to five years in Pendleton Reformatory for second-degree burglary. Four years after getting out of prison, he attended Indiana University at South Bend, where he was elected Student Body President, was sports editor for the campus newspaper, and was head of the student athletic association, which began the school's first basketball team. He later earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.

Later Edgerton entered a period of his life he refers to as a years-long odyssey, during which he:

  • Sold and used drugs
  • Worked for an escort service for older, wealthy women in New Orleans
  • Sold life insurance
  • Worked as a headhunter for a firm specializing in recruiting executives for businesses dealing with electronic warfare
  • Was a sports reporter
  • Won 16 state championships for hairstyling, a skill he learned in prison
  • Co-hosted a cable-television show about fashion in New Orleans
  • Made a television commercial
  • Acted in a movie
  • Was homeless and eating out of a dumpster
  • Went through several marriages
  • Attended A.A. meetings
  • Began writing seriously

Edgerton's fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award (short story category), Jesse Jones Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, the Derringer Award, and the Violet Crown Book Award. One of his screenplays was a semifinalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program, a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Heart of Film Screenplay Competition, and a finalist in the Writer's Guild's "Best American Screenplays" Competition. His short fiction has appeared in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mysteries of 2001, "The South Carolina Review", Kansas Quarterly, Arkansas Review, North Atlantic Review, "High Plains Literary Review", Chiron Review, Murdaland, and many others. His thriller, "The Bitch" was named the Best Thriller of 2011 by Preditors & Editors, and was nominated for Best Thriller of 2011 by Spinetingler Magazine (Legends category).


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