Barnes & Noble/Nook presents their ongoing series Meet the Writers with best-selling Los Angeles crime writer (and Castle pal) Michael Connelly, who discusses his favorite authors, what he feels is crucial to a writer's education and plays coy about who he would like to see cast as his legendary Detective Harry Bosch should Bosch ever finally make it to the big screen.
If you're a Connelly fan, a Bosch fan, or just a writer interested in the fine art of character development, there's a great book called The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives. The chapter in which Connelly discusses how he came up with Harry Bosch is a master class on how to develop a character so fascinating that he has endured for twenty years and almost as many novels, not to mention also appearing in a number of short stories. As Connelly says in the B&N interview, "I think the greatest teacher of writing is reading." If that's the case, Connelly's chapter in The Lineup should be required reading for aspiring writers.
It's a little late notice, but the e-book version of The Black Echo (the first Bosch novel) is being offered for $0.99 by all e-book vendors during the month of July. I just bought mine off Amazon.