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You might think it’s a dog’s life being an author …

Meet Harvey, my adorable West Highland White Terrier, who often watches and listens to me wrestling with characters and plot, trying to turn ideas into fiction. He’s witnessed my struggles and my elation, never passing comment or judgement, even when I bare my soul to him.

I can’t offer you a treat for being a good listener, but I hope you’ll enjoy my Robservations on writing and life.

Sue Grafton

U will be sadly missed

I have to confess I had to blink back a couple of tears when I wrote my review of Y is for Yesterday, which has turned out to be the ...
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Talking authors

It’s easy to lose sight of what matters, isn't it? You’re focused on editing and revising your latest novel, maybe wondering how to raise your profile on social media, hoping ...
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Lessons in life

Do gifted children struggle more to fulfil their potential if they come from poor backgrounds? This was the question posed by BBC Two’s Generation Gifted this week as it followed ...
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Losing the plot

Do you ever reach the point where you can’t see the wood for the trees? Until this week, I’d always prided myself on seeing the big picture. (I’m ignoring the ...
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Looking back

Past Imperfect

‘Don’t let what happened mess up what’s possible.’ It’s a simple enough sentiment, however you phrase it. Don’t allow your past to get in the way of your future. Don’t ...
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Sue Grafton

Authors who inspire me to write better

Last weekend, I wrote about the authors who inspired me to move from the ideas buzzing around my head to putting fingers on the keys of a typewriter or word ...
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Toni Morrison

The authors who inspired me to write – Part One

“If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison. Reading inspired me to write. The discovery of exciting ...
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Clint eastwood

Alas poor Robert …

I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t know this until I was eleven and stepped onto the stage during a Drama class at school. But it wasn’t until we ...
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Carrie Fisher

When Hollywood lent a helping hand

A year ago this week, the wonderful Carrie Fisher passed away. My earliest memory of her is Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, but it was her TV ...
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Peter James


If you ask people what makes a great novel, they’ll probably tell you it's characters or plot, thrills and suspense, maybe an unexpected twist or surprise, maybe the way the ...
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