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No lack of sparkle in exploits of sassy sleuth
[Final Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: By Beverley Slopen
Date: Jul 8, 1995
Start Page: J.13
Section: ARTS
Abstract (Document Summary)

It is unfortunate that the name Sparkle Hayter is already taken. It would suit a smart, funny, and sexy girl-detective headlining her own mystery series. Instead, Sparkle Hayter, who is the author, chose Robin Hudson, as the prosaic moniker for her sassy sleuth in her first mystery, What's A Girl Gotta Do? (Penguin).``If this name were fictional, no one would believe it,'' says Hayter.

Raised in Edmonton and now living in New York, she insists it is her real name, bestowed on her in 1958 by youthful parents. ``I tell everyone it is a traditional Canadian name. It means bad-tempered girl with enormous feet.''

She worked at CNN in Atlanta for three years from 1983 to 1986, but her romantic entanglements soon led her further afield. Stops included Washington, back-packing in India, Toronto, where she worked at Global TV for seven months, back to the U.S. as a winner of the Green Card lottery, a year in South Asia with a boyfriend covering the war in Afghanistan, and back to New York. Even now, she is not really settled, living in New York's atmospheric (grungy) Chelsea Hotel.

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