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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.

Guest Post: Author, Tom Claver
I am thrilled to welcome author Tom Claver whose thriller, Hider Seeker, published April 29. He’s here to tell us about his formative years as a writer.

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.

How to Compile 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. 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.

Scrivener
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 blog. The latest post is about splitting and merging scenes. Another 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.

TOO QUIET IN BROOKLYN_600 MissingBrandy_600 Whiskeys Gone_600Brooklyn Series Now in Print
The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mysteries are now in print.
You can buy them on Amazon or from your favorite online bookseller. From Book 1: A Murder, A Kidnapping, & One Woman Who Never Gives Up . . . Twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.

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. And you wonder why I keep such a huge list of words, what with Merriam-Webster’s unabridged at my fingertips, online and ever updated. Who can figure …

I Write Two Different Mystery Series
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.

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 Paris, the sixteenth arrondissement, to be exact. Serafina’s in Sicily mourning for her son and won’t return for a while so Rosa’s holding down the fort along with that French inspector, Alfonse Valois, so she needs me to get on with the fifth book.

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