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Best-selling author calls Tampa home

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He has sold 55 million books. Most of them detective novels with a central character named Harry Bosch. They're all set in Los Angeles, California but interestingly best-selling author Michael Connelly calls Tampa, Florida his home base.

News Channel 8 sat down with him in the office of his Tampa home where the walls are lined with bookshelves displaying his books to talk about his books, his future projects and why Tampa?

He is currently writing the 21st in his Harry Bosch detective novel series, titled “The Burning Room.”

"I'm only halfway through and I don't outline my books so I'm not sure what will come of it." It’s scheduled to be released toward the end of this year.

Connelly’s other current project is bringing his Harry Bosch character to the small screen.

Amazon struck a deal with Connelly to make the series pilot and then let Amazon viewers decide if it will become a full-fledged series.

Connelly says "there is an obvious synchronicity between selling books and possibly selling a TV show. They knew what they sell of my books so I think they saw it as a good business move, as well as a creative move, as a way of getting into one hour dramas."

The Bosch series is set in Los Angeles; Connelly spent a lot of time on set guiding the process as executive producer.

"I do write about Los Angeles but I like going to Los Angeles, getting what I need, doing my research, getting some inspiration and then coming and writing about it from 3,000 miles away. I want to keep that kind of distance. I think Tampa is a great place for me to keep that distance," says Connelly.

He has lived in Tampa with his wife and daughter for more than a dozen years now. His wife, Linda, is from the area and the two met while students at the University of Florida.

Connelly, a former newspaper crime reporter, left his job in 1994 when he began writing novels full time.

The first of his books to make it to the big screen was “Blood Work” starring Clint Eastwood in 2003.

In 2012, his book “The Lincoln Lawyer” became a blockbuster hit movie starring Matthew McConaughy.

"It's been kind of cool to see McConaughy doing so well. He had taken a few years off and that was his first movie back," says Connelly.

Tampa is far from the bright lights and big city feel of Los Angeles or New York but Connolly simply says he likes it here and has no plans to leave.

He says it allows him to lead a very low profile life.

"Nothing can be better than when people come up and say I love your books, but there's a place for that,” Connelly says. “I really do like having a public life over there and come back here and write my books in quiet and anonymity."


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