Dennis Leppanen


Sebring, FL

United States

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Munising, Michigan
About Me:
After a couple stints in Viet Nam, I went to Michigan State U. and came out with a minor in journalism. I've written for newspapers and magazines until going free-lance, my gosh, almost twenty years ago.
WHOO???, was released on July 1, about a murdering bunch of scoundrals that my intrepid reporter must track down. I will complete the re-write of Escape From Little Alcatraz, my first novel, by summer's end.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Elmore Leonard--Follows me to Florida & Michigan
Carl Hiaasen---If I could write characters like his
John Sanford---Ditto. Although his early stuff was more tense.
Robert Crais---Gotta love wise-cracking P.I.'s & Joe Pike
Loren D. Estleman--Best kept secret in hard-boiled reading.
Robert Parker--Rediscovered him through Stone & his westerns.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
McMurtrey's stuff-though I didn't see Broke Back Mountain

My dad had a fishin' buddy--name a John Voelker-aka, Robert Traver.
As a puppy I watched Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connel, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, and Otto Preminger exit the Marquette County Courthouse after a day of filming.
I guess you could say that Robert Traver was an early influence. He wrote a bunch of other novels, most hilarious accounts of the U.P.

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  • Dennis Leppanen

    Hi Reece,

    Also my first Bouchercon. Been to three Sleuthfests but they occur here in my home state. Will look for you in Indy.
  • carole gill

    Dennis! the man!
    how was Bouch?!
    I never go here so say hi on Facebook!
    how was it? see all these interesting things are in the States!
    heck. take care and loads of love and best wishes!
  • Dennis Leppanen

    Hey kiddo,

    Bouchercon was good. Glad I went. I have three local signings and Sleuthfest at the end of February. Doing research for a sequel in Alaska in July. Life is good, some day I'll make some money. Ha!