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'Justified' Producer Shares Crime Writing Secrets16:41

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Crime novelist Elmore Leonard (left) with Justified star Timothy Olyphant.  (Courtesy of FX)closemore
Crime novelist Elmore Leonard (left) with Justified star Timothy Olyphant. (Courtesy of FX)

Elmore Leonard has had the kind of writing career many aspiring writers dream of. Over the course of six decades, he's written scores of successful crime novels, short stories and scripts for screens big and small.

Justified, the acclaimed TV series on FX, is based on one of Leonard's short stories, "Fire in the Hole." The show has garnered awards for its gritty yet likeable characters.

Leonard, 86, is the show's executive producer. He talks with NPR's John Donvan about how he crafts his characters for the page and screen and his 2012 novel, Raylan.

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