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

How to Color Code Early Drafts in Scrivener

Color Coding Early Drafts with Scrivener’s Show Or Hide The Color Panel Command It’s first draft time in my head, a fun place to be because characters, in the early stage of their self-development, are cooking up the plot. Don’t create stories my way because my process is such a jumble that it’s even…

Naming the Goat

“Naming the Goat,” a Serafina Florio short story Sicily, September 1866 It took us weeks to name the goat. First we argued about whether she needed a name. Couldn’t we just call out to her, “Here, goat!” or, “Here, goaty-goat!” someone asked. No one answered until Vicenzu, the middle son,…

A Serial Killer of Sorts

Death of a Brooklyn Landlord I’m a mystery writer, a serial killer of sorts, and my latest victim is a Brooklyn landlord, not at all a likable character. His name is Viktor Charnov, and in addition to gouging his tenants, he’s done other bad stuff, revealed later on in the story. I…

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