Sue Grafton in 2009. (Creative Commons photo).
I know there are people who get really upset when pop stars die, but although I miss David Bowie, too, and Tom Petty, and all of the other musicians we've lost, I am particularly sad when a favorite writer dies.
Mystery writer Sue Grafton died Thursday, and my wife is taking it the same way I took the 2013 death of Iain M. Banks and the 2007 death of Robert Anton Wilson — not very well.
It seems to me that a favorite author speaks to you more directly than any other kind of artist.
My wife met Grafton at a mystery convention. I actually never met Wilson or Banks. I got to know them through their books.