More About the Author
Les Edgerton has published fifteen books, the latest being "The Rapist." His most popular book is the writer's text, "Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go." His own favorites are his collection, titled, "Monday's Meal," which received a glowing review from the NY Times in which he was compared favorably to Raymond Carver, his writing text, "Hooked" and his recent noir thriller, "The Bitch" and his existential novella, "The Rapist".
He has a blog on writing at http://www.lesedgertononwriting.blogspot.com/ which he invites you to visit.
He lives with his wife Mary in Ft. Wayne, IN. He has two daughters--Britney and Sienna--from a previous marriage, and his son, Mike, with Mary. He teaches classes online for the New York Writer's Workshop via Skype along with author Jenny Milchman, and teaches a private, ongoing class on novel writing. In the past, he has taught creative writing for the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, Trine University, St. Francis University, and was Writer-in-Residence for the University of Toledo for three years.
Edgerton is an ex-con, having served two years of a 2-5 sentence at Pendleton Reformatory in the sixties for second-degree burglary. The sentence was the result of a plea bargain where it was reduced to a single charge from 182 burglaries, two strong-arm robberies, an armed robbery, and a count of possession with intent to deal. Today, he's completely reformed and you can invite him into your home and when he leaves you won't have to count the silverware... Prior to this little "trouble" Les served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a cryptographer who had "up close and personal" experience with the Cuban Crisis and the beginning of the Vietnam War.
After making parole from Pendleton, Edgerton obtained his B.A. from Indiana University (Honors of Distinction), where he was elected Student Body President, and then received his MFA in Writing (Fiction) from Vermont College. He teaches workshops nationwide on writing, specializing in classes and seminars on the writer's voice and story beginnings. He also coaches writers on their novels and the fee is $100 per hour.
He was born in Odessa, TX on Feb. 13, 1943 and grew up in a variety of places, including Freeport, TX and South Bend, IN. He is the oldest of five and has two surviving sisters (his sister Jo passed away) and a brother. Growing up in Freeport, his family ate all their meals at his grandmother's bar and restaurant, and before the age of twelve, Les had worked every job in the bar, including serving alcohol and food (those were different times, before the government assumed the job of parenting and protecting us from ourselves). When he turned 12, his grandmother told him he was old enough to learn the taxi-cab business which she owned and he began his first day on the midnight shift. An hour after he began, one of the cab drivers shot and killed another driver who was tormenting him with a rattlesnake, and Les made the call to the police. Later, he was called on to testify at the man's trial and the defendant was found innocent as he was acting in self-defense.
These days, he's working on a memoir, several novels, several nonfiction projects and appearing at various workshops. His nihilistic noir novel just came out in March, 2013 from New Pulp Press titled "The Rapist" which is being praised highly in advance, several reviewers comparing it to Camus and Simenon. He invites readers of his work to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or to visit his blog at http://www.lesedgertononwriting.blogspot.com/