My hero, my idol. Mr. Leonard, recently deceased this previous year, led the life I want even more than my parents' lives. He began his career in advertising (heyhey), before becoming a career crime novelist. His millions of characters in hundreds of books are his truest legacy. And I need to leave behind a similar legacy.
As an obsessive reader, particularly in my childhood years, I have read and reread many of his novels and always favored them over any other author or even genre of book. As an empathetic person, I saw his characters and their lives circling behind me as if they were close enough to ask for my help. I need to create a similarly suffocating experience for others, and crime seems to be the perfect outlet for creating the more unexpected and perverse sides of human nature.