I got in contact with Lee Goldberg with some questions about himself and writing the Fox and O’Hare series with Janet Evanovich. The Pursuit will be released on June 21st. I guarantee you will love this book, I know that I will as the character are hilarious.
Here are his answers to my questions:
- What is your favorite character that you have created?
Harvey Mapes, the hero of my novel WATCH ME DIE, a guy who learned everything he knows about being a PI from TV shows and novels… so he knows nothing.
- Have you created a character that is like you?
Nicolas Fox, of course ! 🙂
- Where was the best place that you have lived?
I’ve traveled a lot but I haven’t actually lived anywhere except California. I spent my youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and my adult life in Los Angeles. So I guess California must be the best place…
- What is your favorite pet?
I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life and I’ve loved them all. So I would have to say my present canine companion, Oreo, would have to be my favorite,
- If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?
- Who is your favorite author?
I have so many, with Janet at the very top. The list would include Larry McMurtry, Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, and my brother Tod.
- What would be your dream vacation?
Just read any Fox & O’Hare novel! and you’ll see I try to live my dream vacations and then write about them. You’ll notice Hawaii comes up a lot in our books…
- How did you two meet and decide to work together?
I don’t think either one of us remembers when we met … but it was probably twenty years ago. We finally began writing together after a long dinner.. We talked about the kinds of books we loved reading and that we wished someone would write… and I think it was Janet who said *we* ought to write them instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
- Who writes for O’Hare and who writes for Fox? Or is it a combination of you both for the two characters?
We both write every character.
- How do you come up with the cons? Collaboration?
That’s the hardest part. But the cons generally arise from character… and what we think would not only be fun and exciting, but would also bring out the best and worst in everybody.
I have to say that I really didn’t know who Lee Goldberg was other than he was part of Monk which of course I watched. So, my Mom challenged me to find out more about him. This is what I learned, he was also part of Diagnosis Murder (yes, I have watched that show, reruns of course), he published his first book in college under a pin name, he also wrote She Spies (way to go! I loved that show, I even have the 1st season on DVD), he also has a great sense of humor (just check out the bio on his website…my mom loved it). He is also extremely nice and personable, for a man about town and all.
To find out more about Lee or join his official stalker club.
Lee’s Website: http://www.leegoldberg.com