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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 I've decided to re-read Agatha Christie this summer—what could be better? I did read many AC books to be able to write my new book, Death at Greenway,…moreI've decided to re-read Agatha Christie this summer—what could be better? I did read many AC books to be able to write my new book, Death at Greenway, which takes place at Christie's holiday home during World War II. But there are some gaps in my reading history of her works, and I'd like to fix that. Also, who wouldn't want to spend the summer reading delish mysteries?(less)
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Little Pretty Things

3.46 avg rating — 2,986 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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The Black Hour

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The Day I Died

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Death at Greenway

3.33 avg rating — 2,188 ratings — published 2021 — 10 editions
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The Lucky One

3.33 avg rating — 1,521 ratings — published 2020 — 9 editions
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Under a Dark Sky

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The Death of Us

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Death at Greenway is a nominee for the Macavity Award!

A nice surprise to learn that Death at Greenway has been nominated for a Macavity Award, given out by Mystery Readers International/Mystery Readers Journal!

A little trivia for us all: Macavity the Mystery Cat, also called the Hidden Paw, is a fictional character in T. S. Eliot’s 1939 poetry book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

So… a mystery award named for a cat? I’m all in. The full list of n

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“It doesn’t matter that something you’ve done before worked out well. Your last piece is never going to write your next one for you.”
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“If you lack confidence in setting one word after another and sense that you are stuck in a place from which you will never be set free, if you feel sure that you will never make it and were not cut out to do this, if your prose seems stillborn and you completely lack confidence, you must be a writer.”
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The disappearance of Debra Jean Cole, the girl down the street. I knew her from the school bus. I wrote about this case and how it intersected (and in part inspired) my novel The Lucky One in the PS section at the back of the book.

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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.”
Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died

“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.”
Lori Rader-Day, Little Pretty Things

“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.”
Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died

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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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