Whatever power my books have derives from the fact that they are utterly steeped in the eras that I describe. LA of the 1950s is mine and nobody else’s. If you wrote about this period before me, I have taken it away from you.
James Ellroy, the egomaniacal master of brass-knuckle-hard noir writing, talks about his life & writing in this lengthy interview in the Paris REview.
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 201, James Ellroy.