Susan Russo Anderson

About me

Susan Russo Anderson is a writer, a mother, a grandmother, a widow, a member of Sisters In Crime, a graduate of Marquette University. She has taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a publisher, an airline, an opera company. Like Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes.

DEATH OF A SERPENT, the first in the Serafina Florio series, published January 2012. It began as a painting of the Lower East Side, the landmark immigrant neighborhood in Manhattan, and wound up as a mystery story set in nineteenth-century Sicily. NO MORE BROTHERS, a novella, published May 2012, the second in the series. The third book, DEATH IN BAGHERIA, published in December. You can read excerpts on Amazon and on her websites, and writingsleuth.

From my website

Characters in Distress

Meet Phillipa. She’s a character in the latest Fina Fitzgibbons mystery, Missing Brandy. Phillipa is a minor character, I guess, but she’s major for me. She’s one of those characters we often come across. I call them characters in distress. I keep thinking about Phillipa and her agony, a sure sign…

Guest Post, Jack Reyn: The Importance of World Building

Please welcome author Jack Reyn. His guest post on world building has me thoroughly captivated. Thanks, Jack! The importance of world building Many years ago, I had an argument with a friend of mine who was a precocious reader of literary fiction. He’d read almost everything – but never a word…

Guest Post, Joe Cosentino: Writing Is Like Giving Birth

Please welcome distinguished actor, teacher, and author, Joe Cosentino. His mystery/romance novel, Paper Doll, is available on Amazon. WRITING A FIRST NOVEL IS LIKE GIVING BIRTH by Joe Cosentino The experts tell us to write what we know about, so I began my first novel by writing an outline (with actual paper and…

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