Sally Weinraub: From Lawyer To Novelist At Age 95 - 27 East

Arts & Living

Arts & Living / 1339932

Sally Weinraub: From Lawyer To Novelist At Age 95

author on Jun 24, 2016

It’s an interesting career path to jump from appeals lawyer to mystery novelist, especially at 95 years old. But Sally Weinraub likes to keep things interesting.

The part-time Southampton resident of more than 50 years self-published her first four novels this past March: “In Six Weeks’ Time,” “Murder on the Intrepid,” “Death of a Goddess” and “Murder at the Mikvah.” All four are mystery novels featuring the character Emily Lewis, a British appeals lawyer who frequently gets wrapped up in puzzling deaths, and trials of guilt or innocence. Ms. Weinraub started writing her first mystery—what would become “Death of a Goddess”—back in 2000. So how does the 95-year-old feel about her newly established career?

“It feels very good. For me, it feels like one minute of fame,” she said with a laugh.

Ms. Weinraub is a native of Manchester, England, who came to America during World War II. After getting married and having four children, she graduated top of her class at Manhattanville College and then made the law review and moot court at Brooklyn Law School. She was an appeals lawyer for 30 years before retiring, but she says that mystery novels were always something of a hobby for her.

“I loved to read mystery novels. They were always so relaxing to me,” she said. “Agatha Christie’s work I enjoyed so much and I always thought, ‘I should try that.’”

All four of her novels feature vividly detailed, real-world settings such as the USS Intrepid, Brooklyn, Broadway and Reno. That detail comes naturally to Ms. Weinraub, considering that she’s spent various points of her life in these locations.

“The people and places in my stories are based on the people I’ve met,” Ms. Weinraub said. “Like ‘In Six Weeks’ Time’ takes place in Reno and I had to go to Reno years ago for a divorce because back then, that was one of the only places you could get a divorce. I had to stay in a, sort of, lodge, and what was nice about it was the people. The people in the book are based off of the people I met there, and the relationships people have in the book are inspired by the relationships I saw. So it was very easy to write.”

Her favorite of the four is “Murder On The Intrepid” because the iconic aircraft carrier was a frequent sight in her work commute.

“When I worked in the city, I used to pass the Intrepid. I went on board and talked to the sailors on there who told me stories about what went on when it was out to sea. I loved how it was the embattled aircraft carrier that had been sent out to sea so many times and fought so hard and came back.”

Ms. Weinraub has made Southampton her summer destination for the past 50 years, settling in a cottage fronting Little Peconic Bay. Her entire family comes to visit her bayside home to take in the summer. In fact, the waterview was one of the main reasons she made the trip to Southampton.

“My sister lived in Sag Harbor and I was very close with her, but my husband at the time wanted a place on the water, and there was this little cottage in Little Peconic Bay,” Ms. Weinraub recalled. “When we found the place, you could look out and see the whole bay. I wanted a new kitchen and he wanted a house on the water, so we got both. It was so relaxing back then. The water was crystal clear. I remember walking along where I used to live on Edgemere Drive, and walking on Hillcrest Avenue during the sunny days. I’d play tennis there too. It was like a second home.”

With four novels just released, she’s already planning her next literary move.

“I am working on a book called ‘Midnight at the Parthenon,’” she revealed. “One of the things I’ve always been interested in is the Greek mythology. One day I was at the Parthenon with my husband many years ago—this was when you could just walk along it. But one night I was walking along the pillars with my husband and the moonlight hit the pillars just right and it was so beautiful that it inspired me.”

Ms. Weinraub said it will take her “about a year” to complete the next novel, but those interested in her work will have plenty to choose from in the meantime.

You May Also Like:

Tom Clavin Discusses ‘Tombstone,’ His Latest Book About The Wild West

Tom Clavin’s most recent book, “Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday & the Vendetta Ride ... 27 May 2020 by Staff Writer

Goat On A Boat Presents “Judy Saves The Day”

After being pushed around for over 200 years, the famous hand puppet heroine Judy has ... 26 May 2020 by Staff Writer

The Bats Have Come Home To Roost

Tucked in the woods off a quiet road in Sagaponack lies Sagg Swamp, a hidden ... by Annette Hinkle

Southampton Hospital’s Gala Is In Your Garden This Year

The Southampton Hospital Foundation, (SHF), host of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) Annual Summer Party, is delighted to announce the 2020, 62ndgala will go ahead, in a new, reimaged format. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the gala, one of the biggest and longest running fundraisers in the Hamptons, will not take place in its usual spot on the fields of Wickapogue Road. Instead, the theme will be “Gala in Your Garden,” with the SHF bringing the party to private homes. The date of the gala will be Saturday, August 1. Working creatively with the local restaurant and florist ... 23 May 2020 by Staff Writer

HTC Productions Moved to Next Season

Due to the extension of Governor Cuomo’s Pause restrictions for Suffolk County, and out of ... by Staff Writer

A Call For Artwork For Long Island Biennial

The Heckscher Museum of Art is now accepting entries for the 2020 Long Island Biennial, a juried exhibition featuring works by visual artists from Suffolk and Nassau counties. The Biennial reflects the area’s thriving art scene by featuring artists representing a considerable number of communities throughout Long Island. The exhibition offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to gain broader public awareness of their work. Inaugurated in 2010, this 10-year anniversary of the Long Island Biennial coincides with The Heckscher Museum’s centennial. In honor of this milestone, this year’s Biennial exhibition, which will open in the fall with exact dates ... by Staff Writer

The Art Of The Monologue And A Tap Camp For Teens And Adults

Beginning June 9, Bay Street Theater will offer “Monologue!” an online acting workshop for adults ... by Staff Writer

On With The Show For The Sag Harbor Cinema

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and members of the Southampton Town Board are pleased to ... by Staff Writer

‘Very Semi-Serious’ Joins DocFest Online

The newest online “Fest Favorite” documentary offering from Hamptons DocFest was the 2015 film “Very Semi-Serious” which was added to the website on Wednesday, May 27. Directed by Leah Wolchok, the film is an offbeat and humorous behind-the-scenes look at New Yorker Magazine as cartooning hopefuls, like graphic novelist Liana Finck and legends Roz Chast and Mort Gerberg submit their work to Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff. The film won a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. Films still available via the website, most with Q&As from the directors’ appearances at the film festival in previous years, are, ... by Staff Writer

It’s A Script Writing Competition

The North Fork TV Festival announces the second annual Alfred P. Sloan Science + Tech Pilot Script Competition, which aims to encourage screenwriters to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. Writers are invited to submit pilot scripts for a television series rooted in science and technology. The panel of independent judges includes accomplished television professionals as well as noted scientists and technologists. In evaluating scripts, they will prioritize unique, character-driven material ending with a cliffhanger or twist that invites a series. Award-winning director ... by Staff Writer
logo

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported