Sara Paretsky: Honoring a History Maker

Every writer’s difficult journey is a movement from silence to speech. We must be intensely private and interior in order to find a voice and a vision – and we must bring our work to an outside world where the market, or public outrage, or even government censorship can destroy our voice. (Writing In An Age Of Silence)

There are so many women writers who have inspired me and from whom I’ve taken something and applied to my own collage of writing. They range from Jacqueline Susann to Nobel Prize Laureates. But no writer, whether male or female, has had such an impact on my choice to write crime fiction than Sara Paretsky.

Click below to read more on why I chose to honor Sara Paretsky in Ann Field’s series on Honoring Women in History.

Writing Blogs I Like 

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Voice Again…

There are millions of blogs on writing and after looking at a few I realized that I could spend the rest of my writing career reading them and not really writing.

Of course, I’m not trying to discourage anyone from getting information from a blog. There’s lots of good information out there.  You simply have to know what you’re looking for.  

One writing blog I found of particular interest is Sara Paretsky’s blog I followed her V I Warshawski series when they first came out and she was of fundamental inspiration in the creature of my detective, Alice Vireo.  On Sara Paretsky’s blog I came across the link and discovered this:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird – 50th Anniversary

Celebrations are being held throughout the country to honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It is her only major work

Another writer who was significant in the development of my Alice character was Dorothy Uhnak. Her book Policewoman is doggy-eared. 

Policewoman is an account of Uhnak’s experiences as an NYPD detective.  She eventually quit because of discrimination.  Voltaire’s Professor Pangloss would surely claim that all is for the best. And that had it not been for discrimination she might not have written Law and Order and all her other award wining books.

To which Conégonde would reply, does there always have to be suffering?