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, susanrussoanderson.com and writingsleuth.

From my website

Plot Pivots: Hanging Up Laundry

For me, plotting is like hanging up a large load of laundry. Picture it—a beautiful day in June. The air is fresh, the breeze is flappy, and you’ve got three loads of wash to do. But just your luck, the drier’s not working. So get a rope and two poles. Tie…

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,…

Mum Your Dubber

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-lipped trumpeters. You know the folks I mean, in love with rules that must not be broken, the folks…

 
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