Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Bestselling Author & Entertainment Mogul Bob Levinson



Bestselling author Robert Levinson was born in New York but grew up in Los Angeles. He later became the executive editor of Los Angeles Herald Examiner Scholastic Sports Association and the founder of ‘Levinson Associates‘. He was honored as ‘publicist of the year’ by Billboard Magazine.

Mr. Levinson represented famous major entertainers in the music business such as Tom Petty, Olivia Newton-John, The Who, Sir Elton John, Jimmy Buffett to name a few. He was also involved with the National Academy of Recording that includes Dick Clark, MCA Records, Capitol, BMI and Motown.

Robert Levinson is a member and former board of directors ’ Writers Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America and Academy of Television Arts and Science

E. I. : What changes took place after you published your first novel, i.e. how different has writing been since you turned it into a career?

Bob Levinson: After six going on seven books, I suppose I'm writing with more confidence, but that doesn't mean it's any less of a fulltime job...I've been writing 24/7 since the first book (THE ELVIS AND MARILYN AFFAIR), so no change there. Still takes me four-five months to complete a novel of ca. 100,000 words, so no change there...

Where I gambled was in putting my "Affair" series (THE JAMES DEAN AFFAIR, THE JOHN LENNON AFFAIR, HOT PAINT) on hold after four books and tackling stand-alone thrillers, determined to stretch and test myself. So far, so good with ASK A DEAD MAN, the current WHERE THE LIES BEGIN and (hopefully) the forthcoming IN THE KEY OF DEATH...

E. I. : In your opinion, how important is it for a writer to have a writing degree?

Bob Levinson: You gotta know the rules in order to break the rules, but--Reading is the best classroom, writing the best kind of homework.


To learn more about Bob Levinson, visit him at:
Website: http://www.robertslevinson.com/
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/robetlevinson

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