Happy Birthday, Susan Wittig Albert, born 2 January 1940
- I believe passionately that we must witness and give voice to what is happening to our fragile planet. We can’t do that unless we can describe the places we live and give voice to our relationships to those places.
- I always start with an idea—usually fairly general—and a situation, which is usually fairly concrete. I put the characters into the situation, present them with difficulties, and let them find their way through (with the idea still in the back of my head). So the characters more or less invent the plot as we go along, within the parameters of the idea and the original situation. Often, I’m surprised at what they come up with.
- When I’m writing (about 8-9 months a year), I’m at the computer by 9, into the book by 10, and done for the day by 5, when the dogs insist on taking me for a walk. I aim for 1500 words a day.
Albert is an American author of mystery novels. She is the author of many books, including the China Bayles series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the Darling Dahlias series. She has also written the memoirs, Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place and An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days. She has also written under the pen name Carolyn Keene (for Nancy Drew books).
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