Lee Capp


Lee Capp (Larry Lee Caplin) was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1949, back when the Motor City was the crown jewel of the Midwest, and the center of the manufacturing might of America. Raised on motors and Motown and brought up in a tiny suburb called Walled Lake, he had a very misspent youth focused on rock and roll music, amusement parks, good friends (some of which were even girls) movies, golden age television shows and fortunately lots of really good books. Personal favorites among them were the popular anthologies of Alfred Hitchcock and Dorothy Sayers and the crime novels of Ellery Queen and Mickey Spillane. In addition to being a life-long writer of what he calls "Unsold and unsellable dumb stupid stuff" Capp has worked in many fields during his long career, including a short but very interesting stint as an apprentice embalmer in a Tucson, Arizona funeral home and a fish monger in Seattle, Washington. The fish selling he has said was equivalent to an advanced college degree in the study of human nature. Johnny O'Brien is a compilation of Capp himself, who descends from Irish, Scottish and English farmers, fishermen and lumberjack immigrants, and he says, a number of other (verbally at least) bad-assed friends of his youth. Capp says that "if we all were even a tenth as tough as we thought we were, we could have ruled the world." Lee Capp and his wife Bea, retired at last from the workaday world, now reside among the pines, ponds and streams outside Seattle, Washington, where he continues to see just how much trouble he can get Johnny O'Brien and Matt McCabe into the next time around. Contact the author at lee.capp.976@facebook.com, On Facebook as Larry Lee Caplin (Lee Capp) and leecapp@yahoo.com

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
FLIGHT OF AN ANGEL-- a Civil War drama. Did it in High School. A perfect example of "Unsold and unsellable dumb stupid stuff."
What is your writing process?
Write, edit, proofread. It has to be done chapter by chapter instead of finishing the entire book and then trying to make it right. It's just too overwhelming that way. I have to make it as perfect as humanly possible as I go along. I tried it the first way once. NEVER AGAIN!!!
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Where to find Lee Capp online


The Reckoning
Series: The Watchmaker, Book Three. Price: Free! Words: 112,330. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Generally speaking, a man's life and legacy end at death. But here, in the wastelands of the world, things are not always what they seem
Elliott Bay
Series: The Watchmaker, Book Two. Price: Free! Words: 94,430. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Against a backdrop of the decades, and through the darkened streets, alleys, and underground passages of old Seattle, two desperate men race against the clock to hunt the most infamous serial killer of all time.
Time Enough To Die
Series: The Watchmaker, Book One. Price: Free! Words: 110,590. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Across the Pacific Northwest two men fight against time to save the life of an innocent young woman--and their own souls.

Lee Capp's favorite authors on Smashwords

Leonie Harlington
Latest book: Grace.
Published July 26, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Lee Capp

  • Grace on July 31, 2014

    A sweet little short-short story about the fragility of life and the remorseless nature of death. Harkens back to some of the wonderful stories of Jack London. Almost a poem. Well done.
  • A Terrorist at bay on Feb. 12, 2015

    Interesting idea well executed. A new indie author to keep an eye on. There are writing issues, and I would suggest that the author carefully re-write, edit and then re-submit the book. There is a lot of help to be had with the process in either the forums or in writer's groups. Keep up the good work. It will only get better with time and effort.