Introducing our Newest Member, Susan Hill Long!

author photoWe’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks member: Susan Hill Long. She’s the author of Whistle in the Dark, an upcoming middle-grade novel set in the mid 1920s.

More about Susan:

Susan Hill Long has worked as an editor and has written several books for beginning readers. Her honors include Bank Street College Best Books, Oregon Book Award finalist, and the Katherine Paterson Prize. Her debut novel, Whistle in the Dark (September 2013), takes MG readers to 1925-era Missouri with a story about a boy and a dog, mining and moonshine, a mysterious girl and a devastating tornado. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.

Introducing Whistle in the Dark

What Clem wants for his thirteenth birthday is a dog. What he gets is a miner’s cap. It’s the 1920s in Whistle jkt legalLeadanna, Missouri, and money is tight in the Harding household. So, Clem, a gifted student and talented writer, must leave school and join Pap in the lead mines, spending his days digging in the suffocating dark beneath the crushing weight of the earth.

While searching for another way to help support his family—Grampy’s suffering from miner’s consumption and little sister Esther with epilepsy—Clem meets Lindy, the daughter of a local moonshiner, whose face bears a scar from a terrible accident. The two become friends, but soon a series of disasters strike, including a devastating tornado.

Clem’s friendship with Lindy and the devotion of a remarkable stray dog help him to reconcile his dreams with the reality of family responsibility and face some hard decisions about his future.

This beautifully written coming-of-age novel shines with true characters, a vivid setting, and heartfelt relationships.

Twitter: @susanhilllong


About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her second novel, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, is a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project Nominee and a 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee. Her upcoming books include THE UNINVITED (William Morrow/2015) and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY (Amulet Books/2016), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS. Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at

3 thoughts on “Introducing our Newest Member, Susan Hill Long!

  1. Faith Hough says:

    This story sounds amazing…can’t wait to read it!

  2. Sue says:

    Thanks for the kind welcome, Cat! I’m happy to be here!

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