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

My List: Compound Words

I keep a list of compound words. Not that I don’t have better things to do. Not that I remember to look at the list. Not that it’s faster to navigate than the online unabridged. I tell myself it’s because I love words, but fascination can’t be the whole explanation, can it? My…

Sixteen Ways To Destroy Writer’s Block

Back in the day, I used to think there was no such thing as writer’s block, but now I know better. Although there are  degrees to writer’s block, it is real, insidious, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And it hurts. It arrives unannounced, when we least expect and for no apparent reason,…

Mum Your Dubber

One of my characters who has a bit of a brogue says mum’s the word. I’ve heard the phrase many times; it’s probably considered a cliché by some tight-assed trumpeters. You know the folks I mean, in love with rules that must not be broken, into complete sentences, and not really…

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