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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

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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Runaway success

When you think of healthy living, you don’t automatically imagine double chocolate muffins, right? Think again, as this is one of the fringe benefits of running. To most people running’s ...
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Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

November 2017 Description When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay ...
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Mo Farah

Series Killers

Sometimes, I wish there were fewer books out there. It’s not because I’m a slow reader. Far from it. I can zip through the pages like Mo Farah on his ...
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Do you remember your first?

Earlier this week I had to think long and hard to remember the first crime novel I read. Author, Rachel Amphlett, who writes the Kay Hunter series, posed the question ...
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It’s a dog’s life

It’s late April at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The sun’s beating down on a line of restless children, patiently waiting to meet their heroes. But there’s an adult sandwiched ...
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