Monday, February 27, 2006

Robert Crais Strikes Oil by Mining Elvis Cole

Oline H. Cogdill of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel recently ran a profile on writer Robert Crais, author of the Elvis Cole mystery series.

She writes that Crais abandoned the idea of being a police office or oil refinery worker, the professions of other members of his family, and took off for Hollywood where he hoped to be a screenwriter. And just when that career was taking off he left to write novels.

Cogdill states that Crais is the epitome of the self-educated writer. "My real education came from libraries and books. As far back as I can remember, I have been drawn to reading and movies. I have always been captivated by other worlds, the way fiction can transport you into another place, the way that fiction can elevate you or inspire you," says Crais.

This weekend, Crais will the guest of honor at Sleuthfest, the annual mystery writers conference sponsored by the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.

Read more about Crais' career and the evolution of the Elvis Cole mystery series here. Visit the website of Robert Crais where you can read and hear excerpts from his latest book, Two Minute Rule.

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