Literary Birthday – 2 May – Martha Grimes

Happy Birthday, Martha Grimes, born 2 May 1931.

Martha Grimes Quotes

  1. You can’t be blocked if you just keep on writing words. Any words. People who get ‘blocked’ make the mistake of thinking they have to write good words.
  2. Before you hate something you should try to understand it.
  3. I enjoy these characters a lot. I really like thinking about them, watching them, seeing what they’re going to do. I write about these people, and I get really connected to them and I just cannot let them go.
  4. An idyllic childhood is probably illusion.
  5. I do not believe that people are indifferent to the welfare of animals, possibly, the exact opposite is true – people are so affected by stories, pictures, accounts of animal abuse that they simply do not want to know.
  6. We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.
  7. You’re not really a writer unless you’re actually writing. So that’s why I continue to do it: because I want to continue to think of myself as a writer.
  8. Talking’s just a nervous habit.
  9. Children can ask what adults don’t dare to because we don’t want to admit we’re scared and we don’t really want to hear the answers.
  10. Writing is an antisocial act.

Martha Grimes is an American writer of detective fiction. She is the bestselling author of twenty-one Richard Jury novels, as well as the novels Dakota and Foul Matter, among others. Her latest Jury books, The Old Wine Shades and Dust, both appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 2nd May 2015