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Continued: Sue Grafton closing in on the end of the alphabet

  • Article by: LAURIE HERTZEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 10, 2013 - 1:52 PM

Q: What is your writing strategy — do you have rituals that you maintain?

A: My prime writing strategy is to work some five to six hours every day, come hell or high water. I’m a slow writer, but persistent. Often I do a brief stint of self-hypnosis before I begin, in hopes of quieting the chatter in my head.


Q: How do you get past writers’ block (or the distraction of the Internet)?

A: I believe that writers’ block is Shadow’s way of telling me I’m off track. My Shadow is where all the creative energy comes from, so I listen to what she says. If I’m “blocked,” I go back through the work a page at a time until I figure out where I went wrong.


Q: Do you have a favorite book from childhood?

A: “Twig,” by Elizabeth Orton Jones.


Q: What books do you re-read?

A: “A Is for Alibi” through “W Is for Wasted,” by Sue Grafton. That’s in order to remember what I said and what roads I’ve traveled along the way.


Q: What are you reading right now?

A: “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green.


Q: Which authors have inspired you?

A: Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, C.W. Grafton, Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell …


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