Thoughts about Bill Tapply

September 19, 2009

Tags: Bill Tapply

Most of you know that my old friend Bill Tapply died last summer, following a battle with leukemia that Bill fought with the good humor and good spirits characteristic of him.

I always looked forward to Bill's next book. His was the kind of writing that you sank into after a long hard day--a reward (more…)

Benita Kane Jaro Interview, Part Two

September 9, 2009

Tags: Ovid, Author Interviews

Susan Kelly: A moment ago you spoke of Enid Blyton. Are those children's mystery stories the reason you include a mystery element in so many of your novels [THE LOCK, THE KEY, and THE DOOR IN THE WALL]?

Benita Kane Jaro: I hadn't thought of that! They must be. I still love mysteries, and (more…)

Benita Kane Jaro Interview, Part One

September 9, 2009

Tags: George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Author Interviews

Here's an interview with Benita Kane Jaro, whose most recent novel, BETRAY THE NIGHT, deals with one of history's (and literature's) enduring mysteries: why, in 8 A.D., the emperor Augustus exiled the poet Ovid. Ovid knew the reason, but would never reveal it. In Jaro's novel, Ovid's wife Pinaria becomes of necessity the detective. (more…)

Robert Pinsky

September 4, 2009

Tags: Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate, Author Interviews

Here is part of an interview I did with Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. It was published in the November 1999 issue of The Writer.

Susan Kelly: When did you begin writing?

Robert Pinsky: That's a hard question for me to answer because I write so much poetry in (more…)

Selected Works

Nonfiction
“This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism and remarkable writing.”
--Robert B. Parker
"Taut with suspense...crackles like a bestselling novel." -- Barry Reed, author of The Verdict
Fiction
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald