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

Terre de Fer Frog

On one of our trips to Paris in 1983 my husband and I found this pitcher in a store near the Seine. We had to have it. Our plane left for New York in less than four hours. We paid the clerk a few francs and departed, hurrying to make…

The Prime Suspect

Here’s an excerpt from Whiskey’s Gone, a work in progress publishing soon. In the scene—it takes place outside the BookCourt, a bookstore on Court Street in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood—Fina Fitzgibbons and her friend, Cookie, run into Zizi Carmalucci, a reporter and Denny’s old flame, who pumps them about a missing woman.…

How to Check Details in Scrivener

If you’re like me, there are details that figure prominently in your story. They’re mentioned in two or three scenes, their location and meaning important. And we need to be consistent with information about them—for example (and I’ve done this) mentioning the color of a character’s hair in one scene, and then changing…

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