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Lori Rader-Day

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LORI RADER-DAY is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony Award and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Death at Greenway (coming October 2021), The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she is the co-chair of the mystery reader conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and serves as the national immediate past-president of Sisters in Crime. Visit her at LoriRaderDay.com.

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Lori Rader-Day The best thing about being a writer is writing. It's also the worst thing about being a writer.

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Lori Rader-Day Thank you so much, Liz! You know, I used to read mysteries when I was young (though not Nancy Drew, for some reason), forgot about mysteries as an adu…moreThank you so much, Liz! You know, I used to read mysteries when I was young (though not Nancy Drew, for some reason), forgot about mysteries as an adult, really, and then when I started to write...crime came out. So I don't know that I decided on mystery so much as mystery decided on me. I'm catching up with the reading I missed during my non-mystery years, reading classics I never read. It's fun homework! Thank you for reading the books. I hope you like The Black Hour!(less)
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The Black Hour

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The Day I Died

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Under a Dark Sky

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Death at Greenway: A Novel

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“Our Lips Are Sealed” by Lori Rader-Day

First published March 2020 in Murder-A-Go-Go’s, edited by Holly West (Down & Out Books)


Our Lips Are Sealed


by Lori Rader-Day


When the credits for the movie the girls weren’t supposed to be watching started to roll, Colbie went to check that her mother was asleep, stamping down on the hand of her sister, Alexa, on the way out. Alexa sat up and sniffled into her fist, but kept silent with effort.

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“I was still thinking about what he’d said about belief. We are more than the magic we believe in. We are more. It had never occurred to me to be more. My life had been chiseled down to the smallest portion. My own doing. I had only ever made plans to be less, to be nothing more than alive.”
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“Did he not know that there was a lower point, yet, when you had accepted your own fate but found yourself too weak to go through with it? The point at which you understood you had made not a single ripple in the pond, and neither would your loss.”
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“I was afraid that I could have changed everything, and hadn’t. I was afraid that everything could yet change, or not, and I was the one who had to decide. I was afraid of choices I had let go, of decisions I might never make. I was afraid I had turned down every opportunity to be someone other than who I was now. I was afraid I would never get back to someplace real, someplace on the map that would feel like a place to start. I was afraid of the future. I didn’t think I’d ever thought about the future before, beyond fantasies. Fantasies didn’t require anything from me, but real life, the real future, did. I held the lifejackets against the slight swell of my belly. I had never had a future before.”
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BeckyT Thanks! Not a textbook, just personal exploration. I LOVE Bird by Bird. Lamott is fantastic. What course are you teaching at RU??


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Lori Rader-Day Lori wrote: "IMO, the best instructional book on writing is John Dufresne's The Lie that Tells a Truth. The best inspirational one might be Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird. Looking for a textbook? I think I'll be u..."


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Lori Rader-Day IMO, the best instructional book on writing is John Dufresne's The Lie that Tells a Truth. The best inspirational one might be Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird. Looking for a textbook? I think I'll be using the Dufresne book for the class I'm teaching this fall. At RU!


BeckyT What is the best book on fiction writing you have read?


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