“Sometimes the characters develop almost without your knowing it. You find them doing things you hadn't planned on, and then I have to go back to page 42 and fix things. I'm not recommending it as a way to write . . . but it works for me.” – Barbara Mertz
She was named Anthony Awards Grandmaster for mystery writing in 1986 and
Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster in 1998. She
wrote bestsellers right up until her death in 2013.
When asked why she liked writing mysteries, suspense and thrillers instead of more of her "scholarly" works, she replied that it was what she most enjoyed. “There are lots of things to write about, but I think it would be difficult to write books I don't like to read.”
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