According to her website, Sara Paretsky admits crying during Lassie movies and is terrified of cockroaches.
Still, this Kansan, who lives now in Chicago, is the author of a series of mystery novels about a tough-talking but tender private investigator named Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski.
Paretsky grew up on a farm near Lawrence and attended the University of Kansas.
In 1971, when she was about to complete her doctorate in history, she stopped and admitted to herself she would rather be a mystery writer than a historian. So, she began writing novels. Her first, “Indemnity Only,” was published in 1982.
Besides her novels, Paretsky created, in 1986, “Sisters in Crime,” a worldwide organization to support women crime writers. That earned her MS Magazine’s 1987 Woman of the Year award.
She has also been awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement by the British Crime Writers association.
She has detailed her journey from Kansas farm girl to the New York Times bestseller list in her 2007 memoir, “Writing in an Age of Silence,” which was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle. She has also written a book called “Bleeding Kansas,” which outlines the lives of two Kansas farm families over 150 years and how they are affected by the changing religious and sexual mores of society.
Question: Paretsky claims to have two serious addictions – what are they?
Don’t forget: The contest ends Dec. 31.
Answer to Tuesday’s question: Edgar Lee Masters wrote “Spoon River Anthology.” It was his best known work and was reprinted more than 70 times and translated into numerous languages.
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