Randy Susan Meyers

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Randy Susan Meyers' internationally bestselling novels are informed by years working with families impacted by family violence— and a long journey from idolizing bad boys to loving a good man.

After years working in social service and criminal justice, Meyers published her first novel, The Murderer’s Daughters—a story of the aftermath of domestic violence—a Target Pick for the country. Her novels have twice been chosen by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, as ““Must Read Fiction,” who wrote, “The clear and distinctive voice of Randy Susan Meyers will have you enraptured and wanting more.”

Meyers and her husband live in Jamaica Plain, Boston, where she teaches writing at Grub Street Writer’s Center.



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Randy Susan Meyers Hi Allison,

My next novel will come out April 1, 2017--a good choice for the release as the book centers on the way a man fools his wife, his children…more
Hi Allison,

My next novel will come out April 1, 2017--a good choice for the release as the book centers on the way a man fools his wife, his children and all his clients for a long time--and then devastates them when the truth comes out. The tentative title (fingers crossed ) is The Widow of Wall Street. I also expect to publish a novella sometime this year! I'll announce it here!

My inspiration comes from a 'what if' dive bombing into my brain like a stealth missile. Once the idea sets in, if I can't shake it off, I follow it to the end. I become extraordinarily involved once I'm in the world. Thanks for your kind words!(less)
Randy Susan Meyers Again, please accept my apologies for not seeing your question before. I wrote this book for many reasons: the biggest was that I worked with men who…moreAgain, please accept my apologies for not seeing your question before. I wrote this book for many reasons: the biggest was that I worked with men who were violent, physically, verbally and emotionally--and rarely did they see the dangers ahead of them. Also, I grew up in a home with domestic violence and it's a topic I often explore.

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Sometimes writers don’t recognize themes they’ve embedded in their work until after writing “the end.” Only by looking back do we recognize our sore spots and consistent curiosity.

By my third book, I can’t deny that exploring unintended consequences of actions fascinates me.

“But I never meant for that to happen . . .”

The ‘but’ can be anything from a child’s bruise which resulted from that basket of laundry you left by the stairs, to a house stripped of all valuables, because you didn’t lock the door . . .

. . . Or it can be your spouse lying in the ICU, fighting for their life, because road rage overcame good judgment.

Every move we make creates ripples within our circle of friends and family:

Tenderness and kindness engender waves of confidence and love.

Rage evokes fear and damage—sometimes as small as hurt feelings, sometimes avoidance, sometimes tiptoeing, and sometimes love is ripped apart.

In the worst of times, lives are destroyed. In Accidents of Marriage, for the damage he caused, Ben might as well have used a fist instead of his cutting words.

Another idea I find myself repeatedly visiting is the loneliness we can face, even in the midst of a seemingly intact group of family and friends. As a child, the problems my parents faced kept me from being embraced by a larger community or neighborhood, whether cultural, religious or social. Thus, I find myself looking at families where affiliations and beliefs may provide comfort, or may create isolation.

And then there is guilt. How far will we go to avoid admitting culpability?

Will we lie?
Will we pile hurt onto already broken people?

How brave can we be?

I write to find the answers to these questions.(less)
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“Maybe when we recognize the trivial for what it is, we can concentrate on what we love most, what we most treasure.”
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Pamela Hey Randy Susan...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


Stuart Hi Randy,

I have just ordered 'The Murderer's Daughters' from the big daddy of Internet sites; amazon! Looking forward to a great read.

Best, Stuart


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Beth Hi Randy,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!


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