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

Scrivener’s Toggle-Split: Working Two Rooms at Once

Using Scrivener’s Toggle-Split Function William Butler Yeats thinks of time not as a line, but like a circular staircase. We move through time not by walking a straight line, but by going up and around an event or a series of events as if going up a circular staircase and looking…

The Brooklyn Drop Publishes August 15

THE BROOKLYN DROP. It’s Fina’s fourth book, and readers tell me it’s her most exciting mystery yet. Here’s the summary: In the middle of a wintry night, private investigator Fina Fitzgibbons finds Lorraine’s friend Phyllida Oxley slumped over her dining room table, the victim of memory-impairing date-rape drugs. When her…

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?…

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