SHORTY, GOT: Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, dead at 87. RIP. (Photo: Daniel Borris / The New York Times)
He was just really great and kind. We used to send each other handwritten notes by fax. We used to eat sandwiches together in the conference room at HarperCollins while he rested his 77-year-old hands between boxes of books to sign. I was sort of joking when I said it, but the more I think about it, it’s true: how you treat your assistant book publicist says a lot about a person.
Such a wonderful, fun writer. He said it was important to give his characters the right names or they wouldn’t talk to him. Sigh.