For this Tuesday, we celebrate the birth of author Agatha Christie. Known for her crime novels, Christie also released multiple collections of short stories.
Going into my research for Christie, I had very little idea of what to expect. There’s no doubt that Christie was a fantastic writer, but she also had these bizarre life experiences that bring to mind the phrase, “art imitating life or life imitating art?” Christie disappeared for ten days once and what exactly happened in those ten days is still a mystery, but it’d make a great writing prompt. She also tried to find a taste for cigarettes, forcing herself to smoke a couple times a day for six months, but she never enjoyed the taste. Amazing.
The New Yorker have a feature on Christie and how she shaped the crime/mystery genre: “Queen of Crime.”
Another feature on Christie can be found on Wired, “The Chemistry of the Murder Mystery.”
One article that caught my attention is a feature on Slate regarding Christie’s writing style, including her chaotic notes and manuscripts: “The Mystery of the Messy Notebooks: Why Agatha Christie’s method was utterly deranged.”
To read more Agatha Christie, visit her official website: “Agatha Christie.”