Division One: Alpha and Omega, 2017
"What advice do I give new writers? That's simple. READ. Read, read, read. Then read some more. And read the GOOD stuff -- the classics: Chaucer, Doyle, Stoker, Joyce, Twain, Shelley, Wells, Shakespeare, Verne, and the like. Because when you read them, you're getting the good stuff, and it's soaking into your subconscious. The style, the patterns of speech, the concepts. Then, when you sit down to write, your brain will distill that 'good stuff' into YOUR writing, and you become a better writer for it."
A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET, 2016
"I can't remember a time when libraries were not an important part of my life. I practically lived at my local library in Philadelphia when I was growing up, and later, I wrote my first novel in several libraries throughout the midwest. My mother and grandmother were both librarians, and I'm sure I would have been a librarian too, if I hadn't become a teacher and historian instead. When I was about ten, not only did I alphabetize my 500+ books, I created a card catalog using 3x5 cards with all the authors and titles properly recorded. (I didn't do by subject, because that just seemed a little crazy). I made my sister use a library card to take out my books, and I would slip little "overdue notices" under her door when I wanted my books back. So I love my books and my libraries, and I thank librarians so much for the wonderful things they do in the world. I wrote about my love of libraries on my blog at www.susannacalkins.com http://www.susannacalkins.com/blog/the-most-beautiful-library-in-the-world http://www.susannacalkins.com/blog/a-return-to-my-grandmothers-library-f...
A Palette for Murder, 2015
"When I was not quite four I sneaked out of the house and walked to the library, almost a mile away. When I got there I asked the librarian where the third-grade section was. I didn't know how to read yet, but I thought looking at a book for bigger kids might teach me. I picked out a book and sat at a table, trying to figure out how to read. Maybe if I sat there long enough I would learn. The librarian wandered by and said I had the book upside down. When turning the book the right way didn't help, I brought it to the front desk and said I wanted to check it out. The librarian gave me a card to fill out. I knew how to print my first and last name. Soon after, my mother came for me. I don't remember her being angry. Maybe because people didn't raise their voices in a library. But that's how I got my first library card."
Blood Red Homicide, 2016
"Browsing through the library shelves on Saturday morning, a special treat for me as a child, has become a lifetime pleasure."
Domestic Affairs: A Tiara Investigations Mystery, 2014
"If a building can pay you a compliment, that's just what a library does. A library will believe in your potential your whole life."
Death of a Bachelorette, 2017
"The very first library I went to when I was a little girl in Brooklyn (some time in the Mesozoic Era) was on a side street, on the second floor, above a small business. My mother took me there once a week, and gave me the gift of reading, a gift I have treasured all my life. One night, a man approached me and asked if he could take my picture. He sat me on a chair, had me pretend I was reading Charlotte's Web (a book, I'm ashamed to admit, I never read), took my picture, and submitted it in a photo contest. It won honorable mention. So I guess you could say I got my first taste of public recognition at the Midwood branch of the Brooklyn Public Library."
The Day I Died, 2017
"I owe libraries everything, including my mystery writing career. When I was 12, I had read the entire kids' section of my library, so they sent me upstairs to the adult books. But I was sure I wasn't supposed to be there, so I ducked into the first room so I wouldn't get sent back down. It was the mystery room, where I discovered Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. The mystery room is precisely where I needed to be."
A Stitch To Die For (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 5), 2015
"From the time I learned to read the library provided me with an escape from an unhappy childhood, introducing me to new worlds and new possibilities that gave me hope for a brighter future."
Look Live (Book 5, Caught Dead in Wyoming), 2016
"On writing: We have more power than ever before. We take 26 letters and go create universes. On library enthusiasts: One sign of a book lover: When it's raining, books get covered by the raincoat first. Person gets covered second."
Carpe Diem, Illinois, 2014
"Libraries -- where adventures happen."
A Margin of Lust, 2017
"I often go to the library to write. Sitting in the stacks, I feel surrounded by a community of cheerleaders, comrades, and co-conspirators. The incredible imagination and fortitude represented by books on the shelves inspires me to keep on. Libraries are magical."