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Barbara Mertz
Born Barbara Louise Gross
(1927-09-29)September 29, 1927
Canton, Illinois
Died August 8, 2013(2013-08-08) (aged 85)
Frederick, Maryland
Pen name Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Period 1964–2013
Genre Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
Website
Official website

I have no writing habit. I work when I feel like it, and I work when I have to – mostly the latter.
Barbara Mertz
I can do a book in three months if I spend all day, seven days a week at it and, in fact, I work better that way.
Barbara Mertz
Sometimes the characters develop almost without your knowing it. You find them doing things you hadn't planned on, and then I have to go back to page 42 and fix things. I'm not recommending it as a way to write. It's very sloppy, but it works for me.
Barbara Mertz
Getting an idea for a book is not the problem, but you need 300 ideas – an idea a page.
Barbara Mertz
I am so tired of ruggedly handsome heroes. I don't know too many ruggedly handsome people who are necessarily nice people. In fact, the beautiful people have a big handicap because they rely too much on their appearance and don't bother to become interesting.
Barbara Mertz
I've been reading ghost stories ever since I could read. I'm immensely curious about ghosts and UFOs and all that stuff, but I'm a very hard-headed person.
Barbara Mertz
I do, however, think it would be difficult to write books I don't like to read.
Barbara Mertz