Elmore Leonard was a champion of genre writing, a champion of Detroit, and a paragon of the artist-as-workhorse. I was a student at a tiny film program in Detroit when I met him in 2001, and he shared some incredibly wise words about writing, work habits, creativity, and the film industry in general.
I haven't even read the majority of his books, but I
think about him all the time when I wrestle with my own creative
problems. Rest in Peace, sir.