“We're all amateur investigators. We scan bookshelves, we ogle trinkets left out in the open, we calculate the cost of furniture and study the photographs on display; sometimes we even check out the medicine cabinet.” – Lisa Lutz
Born in Southern California on this date in 1970, Lutz attended several colleges and universities without getting a degree, worked in a number of low-paying jobs, and then got started writing with an idea for a screenplay, which ultimately became the basis for a best-selling series of novels. It was while working for a private investigation firm that she started writing the screenplay for a dark Mob-type comedy called “Plan B.”
Ultimately published as the novel The Spellman Files, her book is about a family of private investigators named Spellman, who, while very close knit, are also intensely suspicious and spend much time investigating each other. That first book – nominated for half-dozen awards – led to 6 books in the series, all honored with multiple honors. In addition to the Spellman books, she’s authored a children’s book and several stand-alone thriller/mystery books, including the 2017 hit The Passenger.
Known for both her humor and attention to detail, she said, “My writing process is chaos. I usually start with an overarching theme. Then I establish several story threads, but I don't outline. I just start writing and keep notes for what may come. It's an organic process that's usually pretty flexible.”
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