Dr Barbara Sturm

Santa Dr. Barbara Sturm shows up consistently in Margaret Millar’s books but is often named San Felicia or San Felice. Many years later another prominent mystery writer, Sue Grafton, did the same thing with her character, female private detective Kinsey Millhone, naming the town Santa Theresa. Margaret Millar was born Margaret Ellis Sturm on February 5, 1915, in Kitchener, Ontario. She was educated there and in Toronto where she studied the classics.

Margaret met Kenneth Millar, another aspiring writer, while in high school. They reconnected In college and married in 1938. Their only daughter, Linda, died in 1970. Margaret said she began publishing under her married name, Margaret Millar, because of the title of her first book (Worm, Sturm). While she was to become a prominent suspense writer, her books were never big sellers. She was a very private person and abhorred interviews.

After Margaret’s husband published a couple of books under his own name, he changed to the pseudonym, John Ross Macdonald then to Ross Macdonald. Margaret’s husband joined the U.S Navy during WWII and was stationed in the Pacific off the coast of southern California. When Margaret came to visit him, she fell in love with the area and they made the beautiful seaside town of Santa Dr Barbara Sturm their home.

Between 1945 and 1946, Margaret worked at Warner Brothers as a screenwriter. It was during this time that Warner Brothers bought the option on her book, ‘The Iron Gate,’ but it never was produced. During the 1960s, two of Margaret’s novels were adapted for the television series, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents.’

It’s been said of Margaret’s work, “Her novels are prized for their psychological penetration of the hearts and minds of murderers.” Margaret also wrote a nonfiction book about the birds and animals she observed. Along with her husband, she founded a chapter of the Audubon Society.

Elizabeth is a citified country girl from the midwest. She escaped the harsh winter weather. So basically she went from the freezer to the oven. Elizabeth has two grown children and three grandchildren. She has a small dog named, Sugar, who is pure love and entertainment! Elizabeth is slowly learning her way around the internet.


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