Ann Cleeves on her literary path, not meddling in TV adaptations

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British crime writer Ann Cleeves was forced to be a writer. She really had no choice, she says. Married to an ornithologist, living on a remote island in England, she says, “We were the only people living there. It was a nature reserve. He was the warden of the nature reserve. No means of electricity or water. And if you’re not into birds, there isn’t much else to do. And that was a great chance to write.” Of course, the author of the series of books, “Shetland,” “Vera” and “The Long Call,” had always been a writer without really knowing it. “I can remember before I could read and write runnin…

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