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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Susan Crandall  

Pen Name: None

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Born: in Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Crandall lived in Chicago for seven years when first married.

Biographical and Professional Information

Indiana native Susan Crandall's breakout novel is Whistling Past the Graveyard. Her previous works have garnered national awards, including the coveted RITA. With the exception of seven years in Chicago, she's spent her entire life in her Indiana hometown. When not reading, writing or watching movies, Susan spends time with her husband, children and plethora of pets.


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Titles At Your Library

Back Roads (Warner Forever Book 1)
ISBN: B0015WAOSU

Forever. 2008

Sheriff Leigh Mitchell is approaching 30 and needs a change. When sexy Will Scott, a man full of secrets, waltzes into town, he sweeps Leigh off her feet, but is soon suspected of a terrible crime, which puts Leigh's newfound independence to the test. Original.

Magnolia Sky (Warner Forever Book 3)
ISBN: B0018G4H40

Forever. 2008

Luke Boudreau heads to the Mississippi home of his army buddy, Calvin Abbot, who was killed as he saved Luke's life. By seeking out Calvin's family, Luke hopes to find peace and closure. But instead he meets Calvin's beautiful wife. Original.

The Road Home
ISBN: 0446696668

Warner Books. 2005

Returning home to Glens Crossing, Indiana, to build a new life for herself and her troubled son, Riley, Lily Holt is stunned when she comes face to face with her past in the person of Clay Winters, the man who had broken her heart fourteen years earlier. Original.

Promises to Keep (Warner Forever Book 4)
ISBN: B0018LKBDQ

Forever. 2008

Molly Boudreau--the younger sister of Lilly from "The Road Home"--has finally become a doctor, but feels there's a hole in her life. When she promises to help a young, frightened pregnant woman, Molly's life completely changes. Original.

On Blue Falls Pond (Warner Forever)
ISBN: 0446616397

Forever. 2006

Two years ago, Glory Harrison lost her husband and unborn child in a fire she has no memory of and she's been running ever since. When her beloved grandmother needs her help, Glory returns to her rural hometown in Tennessee and can't help but feel the weight of people's pity. As far as the town is concerned, Glory and her husband had the 'perfect' marriage but Glory remembers his jealousy and possessiveness and her growing unhappiness. The one saving grace to her return is that she reconnects with Eric Williams, an old friend from childhood. As the firefighter that pulled her from the flames, the sight of him is enough to bring back bad memories but as time passed their friendship grows and a romance begins. The divorced father of a mildly autistic son, Eric has his hands full but Glory is irresistibly drawn to him. But Eric remembers the sad look in Glory's eyes and her husband's jealousy and has his own theories about the night of the fire. When Glory starts to receive receive disturbing calls and letetrs, Eric and Glory must uncover the truth about that night - but will their fledgling love survive what they reveal?

A Kiss in Winter (Warner Forever)
ISBN: 0446616400

Forever. 2007

Six years ago tragedy struck and Caroline Rogers had to make tough decisions to sell the family farm and put her life on hold to raise her younger siblings. Now that they're entering adulthood and her long-delayed photography career is taking off, she can almost taste the freedom.
Shaken by self-doubt, Dr. Mick Larsen turns his back on his big-city psychiatric practice and settles for the small-town quiet of Redbud Mill, where he can hide his past successes and failures. To Caroline, he shows only a man who wants to put down roots and start a family--good reasons for her to stay away. Then someone starts vandalizing local landmarks she has photographed. Now Caroline must convince a man with little faith in his own abilities that he can help her find the disturbed mind in their midst. But even as she teaches him to trust himself, she must fight the temptation to trust him with her future and her heart.

Pitch Black
ISBN: 044617856X

Forever. 2008

Journalist Madison Wade decides to move to Philadelphia when one of her articles on violence in the city hits too close to home. Madison and her fourteen-year-old adopted son, Ethan, take refuge in Buckeye, a small town in eastern Tennessee where her father had grown up. Despite the tranquility, Madison and Ethan feel like outsiders. But Gabe Wyatt, the local sheriff, is determined to welcome them to the town. He immediately falls for this beautiful journalist from the city. Madison resists Gabe's advances, but he's persistent and unlike anyone she's ever met before. As a romance develops between them, Madison becomes comfortable in the rural setting, and when Ethan becomes friends with Jordan, a fellow outsider at school, Buckeye begins to feel like home. But a tragic death changes everything for them. When Jordan's father is murdered during a weekend camping trip, Ethan becomes the prime suspect. Gabe's investigation of the murder causes a rift in his relationship with Madison. As small town gossip builds a damaging case against Ethan, Madison races to discover the truth. Heartbroken and lost, she struggles to find anyone who will believe in her and Ethan, despite their past.

Seeing Red (Romantic Suspense/Grand Central Pub)
ISBN: 0446178578

Forever. 2009

Ellis Greene remembers very little about the night of her cousin Laura's murder, but she does recall the face of the murderer. Ellis was the key witness to the crime, and her testimony helped put Hollis Alexander in jail for a long time. With Hollis behind bars, Ellis should feel safe, but the memory of that awful night still haunts her. Determined to free herself from the fear of being attacked like her cousin, Ellis has become an expert in self defense. However, when Ellis hears that Hollis has been paroled, she feels like a helpless teenager again--and she isn't the only one who notices that he's free.

Laura's boyfriend Nate was one of the prime suspects for her murder. After the court case, many still believed that Nate was guilty and he left town to reinvent himself. Now, fifteen years later, he has returned to protect Ellis from suffering the same fate as her cousin. As soon as Ellis and Nate see one another, sparks fly. But Ellis hasn't let herself fall for a man in a long time, and she isn't sure whether she can trust Nate. As Laura's murderer zeroes in on Ellis as his next target, she must fight to stay alive while she finally discovers her true feelings about Nate.

Sleep No More
ISBN: 044655684X

Forever. 2010

The night was always Abby Whitman's enemy. As a young girl she walked in her sleep, and one night, she started a fire that scarred her sister for life and left Abby with unbearable guilt . . . and a loneliness that echoes within her. Now Abby has begun blacking out again--with apparently fatal results. A car accident has killed the son of a prominent family. Even though the evidence seems to exonerate her, Abby is plagued by doubts--and soon by mysterious threats. Psychiatrist Dr. Jason Coble is intrigued by Abby and offers to help her explore the dark recesses of her mind. Through this terrifying journey, Jason's interest turns to passion, and he yearns to give her the love she craves. But first, Abby must trust him--and shed light on secrets that will rock this Southern town and reveal a danger that threatens them both.

Whistling Past the Graveyard
ISBN: 1476740046

Gallery Books. 2014

From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.

Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . .

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.


Awards

-- RITA Award for Best First Book and two National Reader's Choice Awards for Back Roads, 2004.RITA nominee for On Blue Falls Pond in 2007