Top Quotes by Martha Grimes

By | July 23, 2016

In Baltimore, I was walking with a friend who was playing at a pub he kept referring to as the Horse. But when I saw the sign ‘The Horse You Came In On’ – I thought, ‘My God.’ I had no intention of ever setting a Jury novel in the U.S., but when I saw that, I thought, ‘That’s it.’ The names are very important.

Martha Grimes

Writing a mystery is more difficult than other kinds of books because a mystery has a certain framework that must be superimposed over the story.

Martha Grimes

I don’t think I could have just kept writing the ‘Richard Jury’ books. It wasn’t that I was bored or dissatisfied. I just had to write something else.

Martha Grimes

I’m constantly battling writer’s block; it usually takes me two hours to write anything.

Martha Grimes

There are people who read Tolstoy or Dostoevski who do not insist that their endings be happy or pleasant or, at least, not be depressing. But if you’re writing mysteries – oh, no, you can’t have an ending like that. It must be tidy.

Martha Grimes

I do read P.D. James because she pays much more attention to character, to a particular atmosphere or setting. But most mystery writers, I think, are controlled by the plot.

Martha Grimes

I do Q&As, not readings.

Martha Grimes

My black cat was named Blackie.

Martha Grimes

I’ll see something or hear something. Sometimes, it can be a color. Or a piece of music. Or an image of some kind. I see something, and it has huge emotional weight, although I have no idea why.

Martha Grimes

I love stories. I just enjoy telling stories and watching what these characters do – although writing continues to be just as hard as it always was.

Martha Grimes

I don’t have to hang around a pub, really, to get an idea. I usually visit it once, get the layout, the atmosphere, the feel of it.

Martha Grimes

The England I write about doesn’t strike me as the real one.

Martha Grimes

I have readers tell me that I must be bored, but that’s not true. I am never bored with the characters. I like them.

Martha Grimes

When you write the first book of a series, you do have to be careful what you put in because then you are stuck with it.

Martha Grimes

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