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Sue Russell

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Sue Russell is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about crime, criminal justice, forensic science, health, and just about everything under the sun. Sue is the author of "Lethal Intent", a biography of executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos (new edition released Dec. 2013) and co-author, with artist Elizabeth Williams, of "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art."

"The Illustrated Courtroom," which features the work of five award-winning artists from trials spanning five decades, has won a dozen awards and honors. Among them: the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Best in Academic Press and two 2015 eLit gold medals. It also was named to the Times Literary Supplement's "Books of the Year 2014" and to Kirkus Reviews' "Best Bo
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Sue Russell Could there be a more tired piece of advice than "never give up"? I can only tell you that I was roundly discouraged from writing starting out. Yet it…moreCould there be a more tired piece of advice than "never give up"? I can only tell you that I was roundly discouraged from writing starting out. Yet it became my career. It's a different world out there now (another cliche) but all the more options for aspiring writers to dip their toes in the water early on. No need to wade through dozens of rejections. Self-publish! Just. Do. It.(less)
Sue Russell As a journalist, I've often been galvanized into action by a cocktail of curiosity and love of justice. I've written a lot about wrongful convictions…moreAs a journalist, I've often been galvanized into action by a cocktail of curiosity and love of justice. I've written a lot about wrongful convictions -- beginning with Randall Dale Adams featured in Errol Morris' documentary "The Thin Blue Line" thirty years ago. I've seen a lot of cases since. The trick is blending the search for truth with a productive lack of bias so that you make good judgment calls and editors let your words see the light of day. Of course, no one is free of bias. It's part of us. But you do your best, you speak to the best (forensic psychologist Dr. Itiel Dror in London has given me quite the education) and learn to challenge the status quo. Ask yourself this. Do you know when someone is lying to you? Sorry, but you don't. Studies have proved that. But although I *know* better, that hasn't stopped me watching interviews and interrogations and wanting to trust my gut! Tricky, dangerous stuff in criminal justice.(less)
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Sue Russell How is this for slow response, Christine! SO sorry. Been writing a book and not checking in. Glad to have you!
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