Laura Lippman

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Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working full-time and published seven books about ‘accidental’ PI Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001.

She grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. After graduating from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., Laura attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her other newspaper jobs included the Waco Tribune-Herald and the San Antonio Light.

Laura returned to Baltimore in 1989 and has lived there since.


Interviewed 28 April 2018

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Got lucky early, worked hard in order to stay lucky.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

My "army" of folk art robots; a haunting butterfly mask that has always hung in my office; a Grace Metalious Bobble-head; three shelves filled with English language and foreign language editions of my books; a business card from my first newspaper job; a mechanical hamster in a wheel, a gift from my husband; a photograph of a famous Baltimore stripper; the album cover for Elvis Costello's Taking Liberties; my breath (it's VERY cold in Baltimore today).

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

There's this egg dish credited to Julia Turshen where you mix Greek yogurt with lemon juice, kosher salt and pepper, then smear it on a plate. You then fry two eggs in olive oil, with a few drips of water added to the oil, put the eggs on top of the yogurt, with some chopped herbs on top. The eggs are done in two minutes; the whole thing takes only five. I might add some smashed-up avocado or a green salad, then serve it with some kind of sparkling wine.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Almost any collection of crime writers, but I'll say Mark Billingham, Megan Abbott, Alafair Burke, Lauren Henderson, Ivy Pochoda, Alison Gaylin and leave the seventh space blank so I can include everybody else.

Six things you can't live without ...

Eggs, a sturdy pair of boots, books, my daughter, my husband, the Howard Stern radio show.

Five favourite words ...

Literally (which I use correctly); actually; dagnabbit; royalties; lagniappe.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Tuscany, Barcelona, New Orleans, Ireland.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Prairie Fires, the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
1966: The Year the Decade Exploded by Jon Savage

Two things that make you rant ...

Men on the internet who try to top my jokes Men on the internet who think they can use me to get my husband's attention

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Trust me – it's all going to be even better than you can imagine.