Award inspires novelist Elmore Leonard to keep writing

Updated: Jan 03, 2013, 13:36 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Detroit: Writer par excellence Elmore Leonard says he almost called it quits on his writing career before an award made him change his mind.

The ‘Out of Sight’ author was struggling to write his 47th novel, ‘Blue Dreams’ when he won the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letter in November, putting him on a celebrated list that also contains Toni Morrison, John Updike, Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer.

The Detroit-dwelling author then told reporters that this recognition gave him the motivation and drive to write at least 2 more books. He said: “I don’t have any reason to quit. I still enjoy writing.”

‘Blue Dreams’ is about a bull rider who is looking for an Indian bull rider, unlawfully detained by the border police. All of this takes place with a backdrop of romance as Kyle, the protagonist, falls in love with a movie star. The book is expected to be out later this year.