Best Authors In Detroit

October 31, 2011 11:55 AM

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Detroit is creative! Just look at local authors including Elmore Leonard, Mitch Albom among others. Head to your local library and broaden your horizons with one of these local writers.

Detroit is creative! Just look at local authors including Elmore Leonard, Mitch Albom among others. Head to your local library and broaden your horizons with one of these local writers.
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Elmore Leonard

Originally writing westerns in the 1950s, Elmore Leonard turned to writing crime fiction and suspense thrillers. He is noted for his gritty realism and strong dialogue. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was later filmed as Jackie Brown. Two of Leonard’s short stories were adapted to the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T. Leonard lives with his family in Oakland County.

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Mitch Albom

A newspaper columnist and local and national broadcaster, Mitch Albom has sold over 28 million books, his most popular being Tuesdays With Morrie. He originally pursued a dream of being a musician but discovered an aptitude for writing and now holds a Masters degree in journalism. Albom is married and lives in suburban Detroit.

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Gail Gaymer Martin

Gail Gaymer Martin is a Christian speaker and novelist with over 3 million books in print. Many of her novels are inspirational with hints of romance. She likes to set many of her stories in the Detroit Area. Gail Gaymer Martin is married and lives in suburban Detroit.

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Gary Graff

Gary Graff is a music journalist and author. He has written for papers, news services and magazines. He wrote the book The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z. He is also the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series. Graff lives in Detroit.

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  • Joyce Shelton

    Way to go Gail! God Bless You! <3

    • Irene Brand

      Congratulations to all the Detroit authors, and especially to my friend, Gail Martin.

      Irene Brand

  • Deborah Raney

    Love Mitch Albom’s books and Gail Martin’s novels are tender and uplifting. Another great Detroit-area author is Jill Eileen Smith, who writes wonderful biblical fiction.

  • Barb Shelton

    So happy that Gail Gaymer Martin has been selected among this distinguished group. Gail is an acquaintance and quite a help to me in my endeavor to write. Congratulations and Happy New Year, Gail.

  • Juanita W

    Congratulation to all of you, especially Gail Gaymer Martin. Have several of her books, love them, and can see why she is noted agove as one of the best. Juanita W

  • Alfred Thomas Fox

    Author of the recenly released book, A SOUL REDEEMED, I am Alfred Thomas Fox. I am Afro-American and can be contacted at or through my publisher at I am a local author, I reside in Redford, Michigan; my book is in the Redford Library.

  • Joy Avery Melville

    I am so proud of my friend, Gail Gaymer Martin and I absolutely love and recommend her books.
    It’s so great to see her listed among the MI authors

  • David Kraft

    Elmore Leonard is an amazing author. I’ve read every book he has written. Gary Graff is an intelligent columnist and critic. Mitch Albom is now and always will be a scab. Through his actions, he caused many people (including Gary Graff) to lose their jobs while he profitted from their pain.

  • Katalinx

    Agree that Elmore Leonard is an amazing author. He, like Raymond Chandler before him, shows that the great American novel rises from “the real” via crime fiction, not from “above” via the the literary ivory tower novelists. Chandler & Leonard will be read when the “pipe & elbow-patch” authors have been forgotten.

  • sylviahubbard1

    To find local authors in Metro Detroit and Michigan just check out Motown Writers Network.

    I would like to side note that you forgot Beverly Jenkins, who broke the ceiling at harlequin as one of the FIRST AA authors they published!

    • DeborahSP

      Double Dittos, Sylvia!

    • Karen E. Dabney

      Sylvia, post your contact phone number and the highlights of the event.
      This is the 11th year MWN has been in existence!

  • Karen E. Dabney

    Glad you spoke up for us, Sylvia!

    I invite all media to attend the Essence of Motown Annual Conference this coming November 11th & 12th at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. You’ll find many great authors there!

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