Building a book

I’m giving a talk this Thursday, based on the Santa Cruz library’s summer theme of Reading by Design.  Join me, and bring all your friends!



  1. susan on July 16, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    i wish i could join you! in the Russell/Holmes series you NEVER cease to send me to do some research of my own! i have looked in to several authors you mention in the course of a story (i even read an Ethel May Dell novel!) as well as historical situations. i want to thank you for that as i do like learning new things and expanding my understanding of others! thank you!

    • Laurie King on July 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Oh, Ethel M. Dell, you’re a brave woman!
      Glad you’re enjoying my various topics of research…

      • susan on October 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm

        i admit Ethel M. Dell was…odd…but it did give me an insight into women’s literature at the time. what amazed me is that is was more adventurous than i thought it would be. am also reading some Mateo Ricci….and Baring Gould. i love being sent on these quests! true, i was the odd one in school who loved doing research papers!

  2. Scarlet Tekhelet on July 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I wish I could come. I’ve been gobbling up the Russell series for a few weeks now. As a young Jewish woman at university (studying English literature and specialising in Jewish villains and Yiddish literature ) I’ve really treasured them and appreciated Russell as a character. Thank you!

    • Laurie King on July 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Sorry to miss you–and your program of study sounds really interesting!

  3. Gordon Shipley on August 12, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Wish I could have attended! I just started reading the Mary Russell books; some of the attitudes of some of the characters made me curious about the author, and I found your website. While I have neither the talent nor the wish to be an author, I think I would have been quite interested in the process that you use to write a book. Have you ever thought about doing a TED talk on the topic?

    • Laurie King on August 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

      I’m not sure how the TEDs are organized, but there are various tidbits on my writing thoughts on the “writing” tab on the blog. I keep thinking about podcasts, but haven’t got there yet…

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