His lingering resentment remains not having been born with the talent to play jazz.
Raised in New Orleans, Washington D.C., Germany, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere, Leonce Gaiter is the quintessential army brat—rootless, restive, and disagreeable. He began writing in grade school and continued the habit through his graduation from Harvard. He moved to Los Angeles and put his disagreeability to work in the creative and business ends of the film and music industries. His nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, NY Newsday, The Washington Post, Salon, and in national syndication. His short fiction has appeared in the literary magazine Archipelago. His most recent novel is “In the Company of Educated Men,” from Astor + Blue Editions, about a privileged, recent Harvard graduate who goes looking for a mythic America and finds something far more dangerous instead. The thriller "Bourbon Street" was published by Carroll & Graf in 2005. His historical novel, “I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang” is from Legba Books, September 2011. He currently lives in Northern California and rarely refers to himself in the third person.