Sue Grafton: Biography

Sue Grafton

24 apr 1940

Sue Grafton is an award winning writer of both screenplays and novels of detective fiction. Born in 1940, Sue Grafton obtained a Bachelor’s of English Literature, and worked as an hospital admissions clerk while she attempted to find success in publishing novels. Though, during this period, four of her novels were published, these were unsuccessful, and Sue Grafton turned to writing screenplays as an alternative means of success in the field of writing.

Sue Grafton continued to work on screenplays, largely for television movies, for 15 years, finding success and earning a Christopher award for her screenplay Walking through the Fire in 1979. However, it was only after she divorced her husband, that Sue Grafton turned again to writing novels. Sue Grafton has claimed that her experience of “a bitter divorce and custody battles that lasted six years” inspired her to write. She imagined so many ways to kill her husband, that she decided to use them in her writing, and began writing detective fiction. The result was her famous Alphabet series, about a female detective which she has described as a younger version of herself.

A number of novels in the Alphabet series have become bestsellers, and Sue Grafton’s novels have been published in 28 countries and in 26 languages, making her an international success. Sue Grafton has won the Anthony Award for Best Novel three times, and the Shamus award three times also. She is the recipient also of the Cartier Dagger award for a lifetime achievement in the field of Crime Fiction.

Sue Grafton has been divorced twice, but has been married to her current husband for twenty years. She has three children, and a number of grandchildren.