Rita Mae Brown: Too Many Mouths to Feed

Rita Mae Brown

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Rita Mae Brown had her literary breakthrough in 1973 with the novel Rubyfruit Jungle, recounting a young lesbian's escapades. She is the author of two bestselling mystery series — the Sister Jane foxhunting mysteries and the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries. Brown lives on a Virginia farm with an array of animals.

How She Writes: "Most of the day I'm outside working on my farm. Therefore, in the summers I try to write my pages in the heat of the afternoon, so I can go indoors where it's cool. In the winter, I try to write in early mornings when it's too bitter cold to go outside and work."

Writer's Block Remedies: "I can't afford writer's block! I have too many mouths to feed on my farm: hounds, horses, cattle, even people — but they aren't as important as my animals."

A Favorite Sentence: "Ice is the past tense of water."

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The Hounds And the Fury

by Rita Mae Brown

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Puss 'n Cahoots

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

by Rita Mae Brown, Sneaky Pie Brown and Michael Gellatly

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