Born: April, 24, 1940
Ohio connection: Former Resident
Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky April 24, 1940, to Author C. W. Grafton and Vivian Harnsberger (both of whom were raised in China as children of Presbyterian Missionaries). Ms. Grafton graduated University of Louisville, BA 1961 with a major in English Literature, minors in Humanities and Fine Arts. She is married and has children and grandchildren. In addition to her many mystery novels, Grafton has written movies for television including Walking Through the Fire for which she won a Christopher Award, 1979; Sex and the Single Parent; Mark, I Love You; and Nurse. With her husband, Steven Humphrey, she adapted two Agatha Christie novels, Caribbean Mystery and Sparkling Cyanide. The two also co-wrote Killer in the Family, and Love on the Run. Grafton is known for her mystery novels whose titles work their way through the alphabet starting with her novel A is for Alibi all the way to V is for Vengeance.
Christopher award, 1979; Mysterious Stranger award, 1982/83; Private Eye Writers of America Shamus award, 1986, 1991, 1995; Mystery Readers of America Macarity award, for short story, 1986; Anthony award, for novel, 1986, 1987, 1991, and for short story, 1987; Doubleday Mystery Guild award, 1989-95; American Mystery award, 1990, 1992, 1993; Falcon award (Maltese Falcon Society of Japan), 1990; Shamus Award, 1994.