Where do novels come from?

Mine come from memories that haunt me, wonderful or horrible.  Trauma, passion, love, witnessing injustice or brutality can turn into novels with happy or unhappy endings. Writing about the experiences takes it out of you and puts it into words. The words spin a story if you let them. Soon you're in a world that becomes so vivid and intriguing that you almost believe it.

The fantastic part is when someone reads it and gets it.  

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        Meet  Sexy Sixty Laney

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             The Hamptons Game 



A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. When she was in high school, protagonist, Crosby, wanted to be a cheerleader, which meant not being nice to "uncool" people. Her brother is diagnosed as schizophrenic and haunts her into adulthood as she's about to enter law school.

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How can two positives, super-smart and super-sexy, add up to one negative? In Moira's hometown you had to fit neatly into a category. The science geek finds an identity at Columbia University during the student protests when a charismatic leader seduces her physically and intellectually.



In my new novel, Laney is on her first assignment for a luxury magazine. She's nervous because she left journalism 25 years ago to be a full-time mom and needs to make a great impression. Last minute, she puts on nail polish, then hurries to Hermes for an interview.

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Pip goes to France to practice what he (and we handlers) learned in canine good citizen class in Southampton with his buddy, Bundles. 

Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans




Picture perfect days for watching horses. Above with Harley Langberg, right with Kevin Nicholas, below Samantha Kleinfield.


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Susan Mary Sullivan was born at 1 a.m. in the rural Michigan town of Alma. Her great-grandmother, instantly bestowed with an honorary degree in nursing, was the only one there to sign the birth certificate. When the family moved to South Dakota, she was nicknamed Susie. While in fourth grade, she shone as the class artist, specializing in horses. When they studied pioneers, she was chosen to be artistic director of a mural portraying cowboys and horse-drawn wagons heading west. No one else, anyway, wanted to draw anything but sagebrush and clouds. Fame arrived early when the Sioux Falls Argus Leader ran a photo of her grinning in front of the masterpiece, wearing her brother's Davy Crockett coonskin cap. As happens to horse-crazy girls, her focus changed in middle school from horses to supermodels, in the form of paper dolls. Stories needed to be told about them. The result was a short story about teenaged quintuplets who were so out-of-the world beautiful that they disrupted traffic on their way home from school. She wrote it in the back row of science class. Amazed that her best friend actually read it, Susie added a sequel, which got passed around the class, as did further episodes. Of course, the stories ended up on the desk of the teacher, Mr. Glass, who filed them in the waste basket full of litmus paper. When she finished college and turned to journalism, editors thought “Susan” more dignified a name. Along the way, she acquired the last name of Saiter from her first husband. With her first novel, she wanted her early fans back home to know she was up and running again as a fiction writer, and so she inserted Sullivan between Susan and Saiter in her byline. Now married to N.R. “Sonny” Kleinfield, she felt it seemed best to flip the surnames and become Susan Saiter Sullivan. O.K, it’s complicated. Women are allowed to be that.

P.S. She got a well-deserved D in science. And she still adores horses and other animals, and pretty clothes and writing about them.

Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans
Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans


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