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Robert Crais (1999)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana, Los Angeles, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1999-10-07

Duration: 00:25:31

Subjects: CRAIS, ROBERT | Authors | Fiction | Television | Writing


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Crais, Robert Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from October 7, 1999, features an interview with Robert Crais conducted by Gus Weill. Crais, a native of Baton Rouge, is a mystery writer best known for his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels. He discusses: his love of storytelling; going to the library as a child; his fascination with police work; the short stories he wrote while studying mechanical engineering at LSU; receiving 116 rejection letters before selling a story; his move to Los Angeles to work in television; the aspects of a book tour; the writing community in Los Angeles; the details of writing “L.A. Requiem”; character writing; plans for his next book; and his writing habits.