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There is no singular way to write a novel. For author Walter Mosley, there are many ways writers can break into their story and develop a narrative that grips and entertains audiences. With deep, complex characters like Leonid McGill, Fearless Jones, and Socrates Fortlow, it’s no wonder Walter has had such a long, successful writing career.



Brief Introduction to Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is an acclaimed American novelist who has written over 60 novels. Walter has received numerous awards for storytelling throughout his storied career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Foundation, a Grammy for Best Album Notes in 2002, and the Edgar Grand Master Award in 2016, awarded to him by the Mystery Writers of America. Walter also won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work — Fiction in 2008 for Blonde Faith, and 2010 for The Long Fall. His debut novel Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) marked the first installation in his Easy Rawlins mystery series and won the New York Times Notable Book of the Year award. In 1995, the acclaimed novel was adapted into a film starring Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. Throughout his career, Walter has written many other nominated and notable works, such as Cinnamon Kiss (2006), The Man in My Basement (2004), Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore (2014), and Down the River Unto the Sea (2018), which received the Edgar Award in 2019 for best novel. His most recent publication, The Awkward Black Man (2020), is a collection of short stories that display the range of Walter’s varied talent.