Laurie R. King

Literary Birthday – 19 September – Laurie R. King

Happy Birthday, Laurie R. King, born 19 September 1952.


  1. When you’re putting together a story, sometimes you just have to skip over the boring bits.
  2. It is an amazing thing, the difference to one’s powers of concentration a pair of comfortable shoes can make.
  3. I crawled into my book and pulled the pages over my head.
  4. Using insult instead of argument is the sign of a small mind.
  5. The hand of bone and sinew and flesh achieves its immortality in taking up a pen. The hand on a page wields a greater power than the fleshly hand ever could in life.
  6. Libraries made me – as a reader, as a writer, and as a human being.
  7. I like having a full study, with my own books and research material, surrounded by books I love. However, I’m not a fussy writer. When I need to, I can turn out words pretty much anywhere. (via)
  8. I’m a self-taught writer, in that when it comes to fiction, I mostly learned by reading a million stories. (via)
  9. Many writers, good writers who ought to know better, focus so tightly on the structure demanded by a crime story that they lose track of the fact that they are writing a novel. Accusations of both sensationalism and trivialisation are, alas, often justified. (The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing)
  10. One of the joys of reading as a writer is that your eye becomes educated: yes, you may become more critical and abandon a higher percentage of novels halfway through, but when a writer gets it really right, the pleasure and admiration can be all the more intense. (The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing)

Laurie R. King is an American author who is best known for writing detective fiction. She is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories, beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. She has won the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Lambda, Wolfe, Macavity, Creasey dagger, and Romantic Times Career Achievement awards.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 18th September 2022