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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 book 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.

Guest Author: Matthew Arkin
Please welcome distinguished actor, teacher, and author Matthew Arkin, here to tell us about his highly-acclaimed novel, In the Country of the Blind.

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TOO QUIET IN BROOKLYN_600Thank you, Fabulous Readers
Thanks to all of you who downloaded Too Quiet in Brooklyn during its recent free promo days. I’m thrilled! And a special thanks to so many of you who wrote reviews. They inspire me to write more stories that will grip and entertain and feed your amazing imaginations. I am truly blessed to have readers like you.

To show my appreciation, I’m starting a “For Readers Only” corner on this blog. Right now it’s a work in progress, like a new store opening up in the neighborhood—you know the kind I mean—so new it might not have lines drawn in the parking lot, or items might be in the wrong aisles. But soon everything will be in place, and “For Readers Only” will have posts giving you more info on my characters, announcing special deals on my books and on the books of other authors I think you’d like to read. This first post is a fledgling attempt, the first spadeful of earth overturned, an excerpt from Too Quiet in Brooklyn. It’s Fina telling us about her study and its significance in her life and why she never cleans it. And in the end, Fina has a hissy fit.

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.

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, especially if you have the cover. I’ve found that seeing my work in progress online—in a different form than in Scrivener or Word—is like seeing it with new eyes. It helps me in the self-editing process—I have cleaner copy to send to my editor. So 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.

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. 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.

Some News
MissingBrandy_600Missing Brandy, the second book in the Fina Fitzgibbons mystery series just published 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.

A Visit With The Literary Ladies Book Club
Recently I had the honor of speaking to the Literary Ladies Book Club. They read Death Of A Serpent and had LOTS of questions. Good job I re-read the book before the meeting.

What I’m Working On
I’m writing the third book in the Fina Fitzgibbons series, Whiskey’s Gone, and editing the second book, Missing Brandy. 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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