It's a Mystery 12/06/08

Did You Know ...?

While browsing some mystery authors' websites, I discovered some interesting facts about the writers.  Here are just a few things I learned.

  • Alexander McCall Smith (#1 Ladies Detective Agency series) was a Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics panels.
  • S. J. Rozan (series featuring Lydia Chin and Bill Smith) received her B.A. degree from Oberlin College.
  • Les Roberts (Cleveland's own Milan Jacovich series) wrote and/or produced a number of TV shows in Hollywood, including Hollywood Squares, Candid Camera, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Lucy Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  He came to Ohio when he got the job to create a lottery game show, which evolved into Cash Explosion Double Play.  He moved to Cleveland permanently in 1990.
  • Diane Mott Davidson (Aspen caterer Goldy Bear series) attended Wellesley College and lived across the hall from Hillary Rodham (Clinton), who drafted Diane into the Young Republicans.
  • Chris Grabenstein (John Ceepak/Jersey Shore series) was a Greenwich Village improv comedian, in the same troupe with Bruce Willis in the early 1980s.  He wrote commercials for almost 20 years and his clients included Seven-Up, Miller Lite, KFC, and Dr. Pepper.
  • Casey Daniels (Cleveland author of the Pepper Martin series) is the daughter of a former Cleveland Police detective.  He spent his days off searching for stolen cars, with Casey riding along.  She thanks her dad for her knowledge of some of the less-than-savory parts of Cleveland.
  • Loren Estleman (Amos Walker series) spends an average of six hours a day writing - using his 1950 manual typewriter.
  • Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum series) - from her website - "It turns out I'm a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur."

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