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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.
White-collar crime gets more outrageous by the second in America.
All food starting with p is comfort food: pasta, potato chips, pretzels, peanut butter, pastrami, Pizza, pastry.
I went to college at the University of Kansas, where I got a degree in political science.
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.
When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.
I live and die with the Chicago Cubs
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
Capo, my first golden retriever, so loved to swim she once jumped off a cliff to get into Lake Superior.
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
My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they expected me to stay at home and look after my younger siblings and do the housework.
I had wanted to write Ghost Country for a long time, but it wouldn't work.
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.
The crime novel has always been my favourite genre.
Never underestimate a man's ability to underestimate a woman.
Sometimes I panic and think I can't really write.
I'm very honoured that there is a loyal following and I hope it continues
If I were elected President, the first thing I would do would be to set up a Department of Restoring the Bill of Rights. I would have 10,000 people working there.
The rich are different than you and me: they have more money and they have more power.
Live disasters are wonderful attractions when you're safe on the other side of them.
I believe in the dull lie - make your story boring enough and no one will question it.
I'm a grandmother, and a mighty proud one.
I realised I'd never climb Everest but thought I could still write a book
It took me nine months to write 60 pages. It was very frustrating
You have to be a ruthless editor of your own prose. Over the years, I've learned that the best way to incorporate research into the narrative is to turn it into action.
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
I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The American Girl when I was 11
Nothing kinder than strangers. Nothing stranger than kindness.
Rule number something or other -- never tell anybody anything unless you're going to get something better in return.
Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel
Sometimes life seems so painful it hurts even to move my arms.
If you're born lucky, you don't have to be good.
I love to sing. I'm a soprano.
I'm jealous of everyone discovering Lovesey and Diamond for the first time-you have a wonderful backlist to catch up on. Me, all I can do is wait for the next book.
Organizer is kind of a grand term for what I was doing.
I'm at the atheist end of the agnostic spectrum.
Sisters in Crime now has more than 4,000 members worldwide.
I'm lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with
Write what you care about.
No agent wants to see a book until he or she has decided whether to pursue the relationship
But what I've learned is, when your adrenaline is flowing, you can do a lot. I'm not very physical, but once some punks were trying to break into my house and I chased them down.
Sometimes I think I'm a one-trick pony because I'm not very inventive about new ways of telling stories.
Hard to remember who is more dangerous: the people who are attacking our liberties overseas, or those who are suppressing them at home.
Heart surgeons do not have the world's smallest egos: when you ask them to name the world's three leading practitioners, they never can remember the names of the other two.
I think Peter Dickinson is hands down the best stylist as a writer and the most interesting storyteller in my genre.
The hope for a messiah puts too much on that one person. And you think that absolves you of personal responsibility and you don't have to act because that person will do it for you.
I'm lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with.