“I feel I'm functioning at some level as a journalist because even though I write fiction, I'm trying to get the world accurate.” – Michael Connelly
Born on this date in 1956, Connelly is one of America’s premier writers of detective fiction. His books, which have been translated into 39 languages and have won nearly every major award given to mystery writers, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, and Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award.
A journalist first, Connelly graduated from the University of Florida and started his career on the crime beat, great training for his later work in creative writing. He is one of the leading advocates for keeping newspapers at the forefront in the media.
“A newspaper is the center of a community,” he said. “It's one of the tent poles of the community, and that's not going to be replaced by Web sites and blogs.”
One-time president of the Mystery Writers of America, he has had many works made into movies and television series, including the award-winning Netflix series Bosch. And, he’s a frequent speaker and panelist on writing.
His advice to all writers is simple: “Write every day even if it’s just a paragraph.”