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James Ellroy: ‘It Took Me 6 Published Novels to Tenuously Earn a Living as a Writer’

Novelist James Ellroy joined us for a Media Beat interview this week, talking about his recent memoir (The Hilliker Curse) and outlining his upcoming six-part television series.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s installment (embedded above): “I had a blast as a kid writer … Nobody told me I couldn’t write a novel first crack. Nobody discouraged or encouraged me. I had no family. I had good, clean outdoor work. I caddied at country clubs …  I got sober preceding this. So I was clearheaded, healthy, and very, very ambitious. It took me six published novels to tenuously earn a living as a writer. But I don’t view it as a struggle.”

James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons premieres on Wednesday, January 19th at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. Follow these links to watch the rest  of the Media Beat interview:

Part One–James Ellroy On His New TV Show
Part Two: James Ellroy on Los Angeles

Editor’s Note: This post has been modified to correct two misspellings.

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