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

Balancing Plot, Relatability, and Message

Please welcome author Ted Galdi. His fascinating guest post concerns the fine art of balance. Balancing Plot, Relatability, and Message The three major components of the quality of any novel are plot, relatability, and message. Unfortunately, there is no optimum formula for weighing and mixing them, which is why so many…

In the Face of her Holiness

  Here’s a short excerpt from Missing Brandy, the second book in the Fina Fitzgibbons mystery series, a work in progress. We gathered around Phillipa’s address book. There weren’t many entries and I felt a stab somewhere near my heart. It was grief and something else. Guilt. But guilt and grief get mixed…

Lessons Learned: A Guest Post by Kevin R. Doyle

I am thrilled to welcome author Kevin R. Doyle. His intriguing guest post is about lessons learned during his 2 ½-week stint guiding sixty students through a fiction writing exercise, not without its zombie moments. I ended up this school year with, irony intended, a true learning experience. It’s kind of interesting…

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