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Houston Native Attica Locke Discusses Legal Fiction, And Writing For TV’s ‘Empire’

Locke is the author of novels such as Pleasantville and Bluebird, Bluebird.

Attica Locke
Houston native Attica Locke has written novels such as “Pleasantville” and “Bluebird, Bluebird.” She’s also a writer for the Fox television series Empire.

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Houston native Attica Locke has written three crime novels and more than a dozen screenplays. Her latest book, Bluebird, Bluebird is about a black Texas Ranger investigating a murder in East Texas.

But Locke’s biggest claims to fame, so far, have come as a writer for the Fox television series Empire,

In 2016, she was awarded the American Bar Association Journal’s Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for her book, Pleasantville, which is set in Houston.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Locke back in 2016 about growing up the child of an attorney, why she’s drawn to legal fiction, and about her work on Empire.

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