In the spirit of giving thanks, Rich Leder is hosting a giveaway on his Goodreads page. Starting today (November 21) and running through December 5, you can enter to win one of fourteen copies of McCall & Company: Workman's Complication. It's super simple. Just click the button below, click the enter to win button on Goodreads, and then cross your fingers!

An Interview With Rich Leder

Rich Leder was recently interviewed by Jillianne of Tomfoolery Press. Jillianne and Laugh Riot Press both have similar visions to discover and support indie writers who write funny books, so JIllianne was super excited to talk with the Laugh Riot Press founder and writer on her new website. Here are some highlights from the interview.


JILLIANNE: Tell us a little about your book: Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench.

RICH: I wrote movies in Hollywood for 15 years (18 of my scripts were produced as Network television movies) before moving to the North Carolina coast to write novels. Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench is more or less the story of my improbable life in LA. Some of it is exactly true, some of it is inexactly true, but all of it is true enough.

It’s the story of a screenwriter at the end of his personal and professional ropes who takes a last-gasp job writing a ridiculous porn flick while coming to terms with the women in his life—his estranged wife, who left him to be a juggler, a manipulative porn star, and the beguiling granddaughter of the ancient Chinese healer he’s hired to cure his headaches. As he attempts to navigate this rocky road, he’s hired to adapt the phone book into a movie.

It’s a romantic Hollywood sex comedy. I cracked myself up writing it.

J: You also have a book series called McCall & Company. How does that series compare? 

R: Set in New York City, my McCall & Company PI series is fast and funny fiction. I’ve written the first two books in the series: Workman’s Complication and Swollen Identity.

They’re mysteries starring Kate McCall, an off-off-off-off Broadway actress whose father, a New York PI, is found dead in an insurance company elevator. Kate inherits his business (pretty much the last thing in the world she wanted) and takes her first job, a workman’s compensation case—featuring a ballroom dancing con man—because her current job is walking dogs in Central Park—crap money, literally—and she needs the money. While she works that case, she sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million dollar insurance scam her father was investigating before he was murdered.

Like Peter Graves in Mission Impossible, to help her solve both cases, Kate enlists the help of the eccentric tenants of the walk-up brownstone she lives in and manages (the House of Emotional Tics) and also calls on the crazy cast of her way-off Broadway acting troupe (the Schmidt and Parker Players).

Her son is a rising star in the New York City District Attorney’s office, so when she gets arrested for murdering a medical examiner, he’s not happy. The point is it’s not clear if Kate will get out of jail in time to bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner (and her father), and pull off the ballroom sting of the decade.

It’s funny, yes. But it’s a rocking good mystery too.

The second book in the series, Swollen Identity, features demonic billionaire identical twins and Bulgarian counterfeiters. Kate is up to her neck in trouble again, and her friends are along for the fast and funny ride. She gets arrested in this book too—this time pretending to be a hooker.

They’re super fun to write, and I think and hope they’re super fun to read.

J: Your publishing company is Laugh Riot Press, but it’s serving a second purpose too. Tell us a little bit about that.

R: In this dawn of the digital age of self-publishing, social media is the best and most cost effective way to cast the widest net and create the broadest amount of exposure for indie authors and their books—it’s also the most time consuming. There are readers in every corner of the global marketplace looking for books in every conceivable genre, and it’s become part of the self-pubbing writer’s job description to discover and connect with those readers. It’s important for self-pubbing writers to be out there every day establishing a digital presence, reaching out to readers in as many online outlets as possible.

The good news for me is that I recognized this fact. The not-so-good news is that I’m horrible-terrible-did-I-mention-dreadful at social media marketing.

So I founded Laugh Riot Press, a genre-specific social media marketing and self-publishing company to promote me and my funny books and the funny books of other indie authors. My co-founder is a social media marketing professional, which means LRP is everywhere readers are every day of the year. We market and promote funny self-pubbing writers and their books, creating a constant presence for them in the world-wide digital village of readers so that indie authors have more time to do the most important part of the process: write more books.

Posted on November 21, 2014 and filed under book contest.