35 Facts About Sue Grafton

1. Sue Grafton launched her alphabetized detective series in 1982, with the publication of "A" Is for Alibi.

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2. Sue Grafton has covered 11 letters of the alphabet and produced 11 bestsellers starring the popular Kinsey Millhone.

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3. Sue Grafton adapted her novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, into a screenplay for a feature film in 1973.

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4. Sue Grafton moved to California in 1962 and began writing short stories and novels.

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5. Sue Grafton began writing at 18, and wrote her first novel at 22.

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6. Sue Grafton began her "alphabet series" in 1982 with "A is for Alibi.

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7. Sue Grafton talks with The Seattle Times about preparing for the alphabet series' end.

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8. Sue Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted on the author's website.

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9. In 2004, Sue Grafton received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, given to "a California writer whose work raises the standard of literary excellence.

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10. Sue Grafton is best known for her alphabet series of detective novels which featured private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

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11. Sue Grafton decided not to publish the book in the United States or allow it to be reprinted.

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12. Sue Grafton has three children and several grandchildren.

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13. Sue Grafton is published in at least 28 countries and 26 languages.

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14. Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, California.

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15. Sue Grafton set her books in a Californian city called Santa Teresa, a fictionalised version of Santa Barbara, whose name she borrowed in homage to MacDonald.

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16. Sue Grafton won many awards for his work including a Mystery Writers of America Award and one from British Crime Writers' Association.

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17. Sue Grafton died aged 77 after a two-year battle with cancer.

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18. Sue Grafton is one of the most famous writers America has had in the 20th century.

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19. At the young age of 18, Sue Grafton began to write her first novel which took her another four years.

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20. Sue Grafton lived a fulfilling life and ex husband Steve Humphrey continues living a quiet life supporting his wife's business and his own interests.

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21. Sue Grafton passed away after battling cancer for two years.

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22. Sue Grafton began her writing career in 1964 and has since written over 25 books under her Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series, two novels published in the early 60s, and three essays published in various collections.

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23. Sue Grafton had a degree in English Literature with a minor in Humanities and Fine Arts.

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24. Sue Grafton studied at Atherton High School in Louisville, and she then went to the University of Louisville.

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25. Sue Grafton was born on April 24, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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26. Sue Grafton received the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America in 2009.

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27. Sue Grafton was lauded for her realistic, flawed heroine and for the assiduous research she did in constructing the crimes that Millhone investigated.

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28. Sue Grafton wrote on the side and eventually published the novels Keziah Dane and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), which she adapted for the screen (1973).

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29. In 2013, Sue Grafton offered up a collection of Kinsey Millhone short stories along with reflections on her own life in Kinsey and Me.

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30. In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced readers to Kinsey Millhone, a hard-nosed private investigator, in A Is for Alibi.

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31. Sue Grafton attended the University of Louisville for her first and last years of college, spending the time in between at Western Kentucky State Teachers College.

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32. Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular female writers, both in the UK and in the US.

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33. Sue Grafton died at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara on December 28, 2017, after a two-year battle with cancer.

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34. Sue Grafton described Kinsey Millhone as her alter ego, "the person I might have been had I not married young and had children.

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35. Sue Grafton received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2009.

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