Author Feature: Reed Farrel Coleman

Author Feature: Reed Farrel Coleman

#TuesdayTalk with Reed Farrel Coleman. Reed’s new novel, The Boardwalk, launched this February and is part of the Rapid Reads series of mystery novels featuring P.I. Gulliver Dowd.

Reed, do you have a writing ritual? How do you get motivated to write?

Coffee, paper, emails, write. Basketball, shower, lunch, write. Rest, dinner, write. Motivation? Getting paid.

Have you had an strange job in a past life?

I drove a home heating oil delivery truck for many years. Carrying a gun doesn’t make you tough. Delivering oil in sub zero temperatures and snow and rain. That’s tough. Carrying around thousands of dollars in cash while you’re doing it, that’s tough.

Any tv shows or books you secretly love?

I have been a recovering General Hospital fan for almost 30 years.

Favourite board game: go!


What advice would you offer to an aspiring author?

If you can do anything else and make money from it, do that.

How did you know you wanted to become a writer?

It was a calling that imposed itself on me when I was 12. It wasn’t a choice.

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Called a “hard-boiled poet” by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and the “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of twenty-one novels and novellas. He has been signed to do the next four books in Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series and by Putnam to begin a new series of his own. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award and a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony awards. He lives with his family on Long Island. For more information, visit


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