Minette Walters was born Minette Caroline Mary Jebb on September 26, 1949, in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, north of London. Her father died when she was young. Her mother supplemented his small pension by painting miniature portraits from photographs and managed to send her three children to good boarding schools. Walters attended the Godolphin School in Salisbury, a university preparatory school. She spent six months in a volunteer service program in Israel, then attended Durham University, where she majored in French and German literature.
After earning her degree, Walters worked as a magazine journalist and later as an editor of romance fiction. Unhappy with the quality of the manuscripts she was reading, she began to write short romance novels herself, eventually writing more than thirty of them under a pseudonym that she has never revealed. This romance fiction, written to strict guidelines, served as her apprenticeship.
In 1978, Minette married Alexander Walters, a businessman. Their first son, Roland, was born in late 1979, followed by Philip in 1982. Walters was a full-time homemaker and mother until her youngest son was in school. During this time, she was active in volunteer work and ran for local public office. She also renovated three houses with her husband and has written that do-it-yourself tasks are one of her favorite forms of relaxation.
When Walters returned to writing, she shifted from romance to...
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