July 12, 1992
As a big fan of Sue Grafton, it was nice to see her latest (" 'I' Is for Innocent") get both recognition and a good review in your May 10 issue. But what is this nonsense about the mystery field being "so overrun with women private eyes one can only marvel at the ingenuity of the authors and the tolerance of readers that keep them all gainfully employed"? I don't ever recall hearing the field was overrun by men before Grafton, Marcia Muller and Sara Peretsky started adding women to the genre.
May 23, 1991 |
You won't find Santa Teresa on a map of Southern California, but any reader of Sue Grafton's popular series of books featuring fiercely independent female private detective Kinsey Millhone can tell you where it is. It's a beachside town just north of Ventura County, with a university campus nearby, several luxury hotels, and the main drag is called State Street. Indeed, "Santa Teresa" sounds a lot like Santa Barbara.
March 13, 1988 |
The Sacramento Delta country, which seems underused in fiction but was the setting for Joan Didion's fine first novel "Run River" in 1963, becomes a well-evoked and dramatically atmospheric background for Marcia Muller's mystery thriller, Eye of the Storm. Muller's heroine, Sharon McCone, a private investigator for a San Francisco law firm, visits an island in the delta where her sister and brother-in-law are trying to convert an old mansion into a bed-and-breakfast.
August 10, 1986 |
Roughly 300,000 Vietnamese refugees now live in California, and they are starting--slowly and quietly--to make their way into our novels. Last year's "There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of," by Marcia Muller, involved Vietnamese characters in San Francisco, and now Teri White's "Tightrope" is set partially amid the Vietnamese of Los Angeles.
February 5, 1998 |
Who among us has not sent off a letter to the editor opining about something? Wendy Dager, an expert on the greeting-card market whose work has also appeared in numerous journals, will explain how writers can make money from their opinions by getting published on op-ed pages in newspapers and magazines. Sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club, the event is scheduled at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchid Professional Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. Fee for nonmembers is $5.
July 10, 1997 |
In the good old days of publishing, authors were concerned with getting a decent advance, being well reviewed and earning royalties. And, yes, they fantasized about a nibble from the movie people. However, in today's complicated publishing climate, agents or literary lawyers have to negotiate for film, television, electronic, foreign and product licensing rights on behalf of their authors.