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SusanRussoAnderson_brown backgroundWelcome to my site. I’m so glad you’re here. On these pages you can find out more about me, read guest posts and reviews, get information on my books and the characters who are my constant companions, and be the first to hear about new my publications, giveaways and guest appearances by subscribing to my list. If you’re interested in guest posting, contact me here.

Mystery & Thriller Writers: Guest Posts and WIPs
Please contact me if you write mysteries or thrillers and are interested in doing an interview or guest post or even in revealing a slice of your work in progress. Shoot me a line, I’ll promote your work. Send your email to: gagasue @ gmail dot com. Include a brief bio, links to your sites and/or books on Amazon or Smashwords along with images of headshots and covers. I’ll be glad to promote your work.

Fina Fitzgibbons BoxSet_600The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Set just published. This boxed set contains all three published Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mysteries—Too Quiet in BrooklynMissing Brandy, and Whiskey’s GoneAnd it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Available on Amazon.

Whiskeys Gone_600Whiskey’s Gone
Whiskey’s Gone, the third book in the Fina Fitzgibbons mystery series is now available on Amazon. Private investigator Fina Fitzgibbons gets a call from Brooklyn Heights lawyer Trisha Liam asking her to find Whiskey Parnell, Trisha’s office manager. During the hunt, Fina steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton and resists falling in love with her boyfriend, NYPD Patrol Officer Denny McDuffy. She interviews named partners, artists and painters. Her quest for the missing single mom takes Fina and her friends to Dumbo, Carroll Gardens, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach. But in the end, a vicious surprise awaits her as the final piece of the puzzle comes crashing down.

A List of Compound Words
Here’s my list of compound words. Over 1600 of them. They’re from my style sheet, itself a compound word, but not written as one word, not even hyphenated. Crazy, our English language.

How to Compile A Smashing Doc in Scrivener
Here’s the first in a three-part series exploring the relationship between Scrivener and Word and Smashwords—How to compile a Smashing Word Doc in Scrivener. I hope it simplifies compiling a Scrivener file into a Smashwords-friendly MS Word document. In the second part, I detail steps to ensure a smooth MS Word upload to Smashwords. And in the third and final part, I show you how I create a hyperlinked TOC in three easy steps.

Like many authors, I use Scrivener to create my books. This powerful word processor has increased my daily word count and helped me put together plot. But it’s taken me a while to learn some of its more powerful features, non-techie that I am, and some of what I’ve learned, I share on my blogOne such post is about the powerful name changer, Project Replace. I use it a lot because I’m always tweaking the names of characters and places. Another is this post on editing more than one scene at once, a handy function when you want to check details. And I have a few posts on how to use the Compile command to create ebooks. One features the mobi version created on Scrivener for Windows, another using Scrivener on a Mac. And yet another talks about how I create an ePub from my Scrivener file. 

Story Skeleton and Scrivener
StorySkeleton is a brainstorming app for writers with iPhones and iPads. When I found out that it exports to Scrivener, I downloaded it and have been using it on my iPad and iPhone. It’s a GREAT mind-mapping app for writers. Best of all, it exports as a .scriv file which can be opened in Scrivener on a Mac or in Windows. Here’s a post about it.

Site Overview
In addition to my blog, I write two different series—the Serafina Florio historical mysteries and the Fina Fitzgibbons contemporary mysteries. Serafina lived in the late nineteenth century in Sicily, moved to Paris, and finally to Manhattan’s Lower East Side where she died in 1914. Or did she? Her descendant, Fina Fitzgibbons owns a cleaning establishment, Lucy’s, and lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, Denny and her cat, Mr. Baggins. She’s also a private investigator, and that’s where her story begins.

Missing Brandy
MissingBrandy_600Missing Brandy, the second book in the Fina Fitzgibbons mystery series is now available on Amazon. Brandy Liam has been abducted, and her mother, a hard-bitten Brooklyn lawyer, Trisha Liam, hires Fina to investigate. She does, combing the streets of Brooklyn Heights and beyond, ignoring peril to herself. There’s a mystery, of course, a body, and familiar characters return—Denny, Lorraine, Cookie, Detective Jane Templeton, Willoughby. Will Fina survive a harrowing ride on the New Jersey Turnpike, or is this the last book in the series?

ImageToo Quiet In BrooklynRecently Published
In December Murder On The Rue Cassette published on Amazon. It’s also available on Smashwords, Apple, B&N, and Kobo. It is Serafina’s fourth book and besides getting herself entangled in the web of a dead countess in Paris, a lot of life happens to her and her family—some of it not so good. When you read the book, I hope the streets of Paris in 1874 come alive for you. The book begins with the dazzle of the first Impressionist exhibit on the Rue des Capucines and quickly segues to a body on the Rue Cassette.

And Serafina’s descendant, twenty-two-year old Fina Fitzgibbons found a body in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. It’s Fina’s debut as a private investigator. She lives in Vinegar Hill with her boyfriend, Denny McDuffy. The story, Too Quiet In Brooklyn published in December. You can read more about it here.

What I’m Working On
I’m writing the fourth book in the Fina Fitzgibbons series. The working title is Dead in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Rosa’s prodding me to write Serafina’s fifth book. And if you’ve met Rosa, you know her jabs are not too gentle. She says there’s a strange smell coming from the fifth floor of their apartment building in the sixteenth arrondissement. Serafina’s in Sicily mourning for her son and won’t return for a while so Rosa’s holding down the fort with that French inspector, Alfonse Valois, and she needs me to get on with the fifth book.

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