June 8, 1947 |
|Education||University of Kansas, Lawrence, BA in political science (summa cum laude) 1967
University of Chicago, M.B.A. 1977
University of Chicago, PhD in history 1977
|Spouse||S. Courtenay Wright, m. 1976|
|Relatives||David (father), Mary (mother)|
I went to college at the University of Kansas, where I got a degree in political science.
I had wanted to write Ghost Country for a long time, but it wouldn't work.
I wish I could remember where I put things. I spend half my life looking for my keys. With the other half I look for my glasses.
The best source for finding an agent is called Literary Agents of North America. It's a complete list of agents, not only by name and address, but by type of book they represent and by what their submission criteria are.
Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich, astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy, magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking ride along Chicago's mean streets.
People have less privacy and are crammed together in cities, but in the wide open spaces they secretly keep tabs on each other a lot more.
I realised I'd never climb Everest but thought I could still write a book.
I grew up in conservative rural Kansas in the 1950s when it was expected that girls would not have a life outside the home, so educating them was a waste of time.
No agent wants to see a book until he or she has decided whether to pursue the relationship.
Sometimes I think I'm a one-trick pony because I'm not very inventive about new ways of telling stories.
I spent 10 years as a marketing manager. I've found my experience in the financial world invaluable background for writing about white-collar crimes.
The possibility of bringing white-collar criminals to justice is ever receding over the horizon.
I have a friend who lives in the South Side of Chicago. I helped out at a church charity there where they try to give a bit of cohesion to a desperate area. Everyone was very welcoming.
I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The American Girl when I was 11.
My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they expected me to stay at home and look after my younger siblings and do the housework.
In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print, stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries. At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed seven times as often as books by women.
I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likable female private investigator, and that's how VI came to life.
Capo, my first golden retriever, so loved to swim she once jumped off a cliff to get into Lake Superior.
Most people don't have the money to spend on advertising to create awareness among readers, nor do they have the contacts at newspapers or magazines to get their books reviewed.
I'm very honoured that there is a loyal following and I hope it continues.