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"Writing at any time is difficult, because in order to do it you have to leave yourself wide open, which lets in a lot of stuff you don't want to deal with. I am a total neurotic, so there were times when I was thinking, 'the first book wasn't very good; why don't I just die?' and there were times when I was thinking, 'how can I write a book as good as the first book?"

--Author Jeff Lindsay

Jeff Lindsay grew up in Miami, Florida, the setting of his Dexter books. He holds a double MFA in Playwriting and Directing, and his plays have been produced in his home country of the USA as well as in the UK. A musician, columnist, actor, world karate champion, television host, husband, and father to three girls, Lindsay found that no matter what career path he went down, they all led him back to writing.

Lindsay recalls a fateful Kiwanis luncheon at which he was the guest speaker, "I don't have anything against the Kiwanis. But I was sitting there at the head table looking out at the audience getting ready to speak, and it just popped into my head. 'Serial murder isn't always a bad thing.'" And that was the birth of Dexter, star of the two novels, Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter.

Lindsay credits his acting background with the inspiration for telling the story from Dexter's point of view, "it seemed like a fun exercise in exploring a character who is very unlike me." They do seem to share a similar dark sense of humour though, "I want somebody to laugh, then feel the goose bumps on the back of their neck."

Showtime is making a movie based on Darkly Dreaming Dexter.

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