It was 1968, and Ann Rule tapped out stories on an old-fashioned typewriter in the basement of her beach shack, with four noisy kids playing beside her. Changing the ribbon was a messy job, and a typing mistake meant Rule had to crumple up the page and start over.
So she learned to not make mistakes.
The lack of technology, however, wasn't Rule's biggest challenge. Crime writing was a male dominated field, where females were not welcome. The editor of the detective magazines told her to pick a male pen name because "Readers will never believe that a woman knows so much about crime."
"Andy Stack" was born and "he" published over a thousand true crime articles over the next decade. At the request of Rule's diehard fans, we have launched RETRO ANN RULE TRUE CRIME SHORTS, recycled from those long ago articles Rule wrote as Andy Stack.
Rule has definitely grown as an author since the early days, but her most avid readers will appreciate Rule in her raw form, in these tight yet informative crime stories.