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RICH LEDER HAS BEEN A WORKING WRITER FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES.

His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

He has written three funny novels to be released in 2014: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication and McCall & Company: Swollen Identity and Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench. 

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a writing coach, a commercial real estate agent, an indie film director, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.  He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.

 

RICH LOVES TO HEAR FROM WRITERS AND READERS AND REPLIES EVERY CHANCE HE GETS. 

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A NOTE FROM RICH

 
The summer I turned ten, my parents moved us from one small, northeastern New Jersey town to another small, northeastern New Jersey town—River Vale to Woodcliff Lake. It was maybe a twenty-minute drive from one town to the next, but for me we might as well have moved to Missouri.

I knew no one. I had no friends whatsoever. The first day of fifth grade was the first time I had seen any of my ten-year-old classmates and also the first time they had seen me.

The teacher was a smiling redheaded woman who couldn’t have been more than twenty-six years old. Miss McCloy was her name.

There were thirty-five kids in the class, all of us neat as a pin for the first day of school. Miss McCloy sat behind her desk at the front of the room and read aloud the names of the children in her charge. One after the other raised their hands and said, “Here.” McCloy then said something kind as a way of welcoming that particular child to her classroom and read the next name.

As she approached the Ls, I slid off my chair, belly-crawled the length of the aisle, and crouched flush up against and in front of her desk.

Some of my classmates were stunned to silence, but many were already laughing.

“Rich Leder,” McCloy said, and I shot up like a rocket straight into the air three feet in front of her face and shouted, “At your service.”

The class laughed and laughed. Some kids applauded.

McCloy, to her great credit, played along, welcomed me to her classroom, and sent me striding back down the aisle to my desk.

Everyone smiled at me. One kid shook my hand. The only thing they knew about me was that I was funny. I made friends that day I still have today.
When I sat down to write this Note from Rich, McCloy’s class popped into my head, and so I let it rattle around in there and realized the opening bell of fifth grade was the first time I was fully conscious about trying to be funny, about thinking I was funny and should be funny, about wanting to make those kids—total strangers—laugh at me and with me and out loud.

I also realized that forty-eight years later nothing’s changed: I’m still consciously trying to be funny because I think I’m funny and should be funny, and I want to make you laugh at me and with me and out loud.

I’m grateful that you found me. I hope you’ll read my books whenever you’re looking to laugh and feel fabulous about things because that’s why I write them.

The McCall & Company series began with me thinking I had a funny idea for a story (ten stories, actually) and a cast of eccentric characters to hold onto my rollercoaster plot for dear life.

I don’t know for sure where the story idea came from. I used to live in New York City (the setting). I wrote multiple mystery movies as a Hollywood screenwriter (the genre). I’ve met plenty of quirky, crazy, Wild West outlaw-like lunatics in my preposterous life (the cast). So all of the above? Magic? Mount Olympus? Who knows?

Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench is a somewhat reasonable representation of my outrageous life in LA. Some of it is exactly true, some of it is inexactly true, but all of it is true enough.

I love to laugh, and I love to make other people laugh. If we emailed each other (and we definitely should), I’m sure we’d crack each other up. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Email me any time. I’ll email you back.

-RICH

 
 

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INDIEREADER // July 23, 2014

SMASHWORDS // AUGUST 30, 2014

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR CAFÉ // September 7 - October 24, 2014

VBT CAFÉ BLOG // September 7, 2014

DEBBIE JEAN'S // September 8, 2014

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS // September 10, 2014

PUBSLUSH // September 12, 2014

A. LITERARY MAFIA // September 15, 2014

NO RULES JUST WRITE // September 16, 2014

LORI'S READING CORNER // September 17, 2014

BIKERS WITH BOOKS // September 19, 2014

LILAC REVIEWS // September 22, 2014

LILAC REVIEWS // September 22, 2014

TOMFOOLERY PRESS // September 30, 2014

MY LIFE, LOVE, & PASSIONS // October 1, 2014

THE AVID READER // October 3, 2014

BOOKIT BK // October 13, 2014

UNDERGROUND BOOK REVIEWS // October 13, 2014

GHOST RIDER BOOK PROMOTIONS // October 18, 2014

BK WALKER BOOKS // October 22, 2014

BK WALKER BOOKS // October 24, 2014

 
 

FUNNY BOOKS BY RICH

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My name is Mark Manilow. I’m a LA screenwriter. Here’s my recipe for a cocktail called “Romantic Hollywood Sex Comedy.”