Dennis Lehane

Novelist, Screenwriter and TV Producer

In this new episode of From Suarez’s Basement, I had the unique opportunity to pick the brain of Dennis Lehane who is the writer behind the acclaimed limited series on Apple TV “Black Bird.” In our conversation we explore Dennis’ impressive career as a novelist with more than twelve novels successfully published and four of them adapted for film and television. We spoke about creative writing and the process of adapting a novel into a script. Specifically, how he adapted the memoir of “Black Bird” into a TV series as his role as writer and showrunner of the show. You won’t want to miss this one!

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Meet Our Guest
Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane is an American writer. He has published more than a dozen novels; the first several were a series of mysteries. Four of his books were adapted as films of the same names. In 2003, Clint Eastwood directed Mystic River, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island directed this film in 2010, and Gone Baby Gone and Live by Night, both directed by Ben Affleck. His short story “Animal Rescue” was also adapted into the film The Drop, noted for being the final film role for actor James Gandolfini.

He graduated from Boston College High School (where he found his passion for writing) and the graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He occasionally made guest appearances as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle.