Susan Klopfer - Author and Speaker
Susan Klopfer is a former acquisition and development editor for Prentice Hall, as well as an award-winning Missouri and Texas journalist. Her books Who Killed Emmett Till and Cash In On Diversity were nominated for Global eBook Awards by Dan Poynter Publications. She is also author of The Emmett Till Book and Where Rebels Roost; Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited.
Susan's new book, The Plan, focuses on two murdered black lawyers and a dead white detective who all knew too much about the assassinations of JFK and MLK, and life in the Mississippi Delta--"with a quick side trip to Ecuador!”
Susan and her husband lived in the Mississippi Delta for two years on the grounds of Parchman Penitentiary where Fred was the state's chief corrections psychologist. Knowing little of Mississippi's civil rights history, Susan quickly took the opportunity of living in the Mississippi Delta to visit its small Delta towns, meeting people and learning their civil rights stories.
She found men and women in the tiny cotton hamlet of Drew, Mississippi who remembered, as school children, when young Emmett Till of Chicago was murdered in 1955. She read old newspapers, visited historical sites and learned a great deal about the Delta's secrets, including the lynching of Till.
"I got hooked, and started writing about Mississippi civil rights history. But some stories need to be told in a fiction framework, and that's what I've done in The Plan. I really hope that readers enjoy this new book."
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Writing books presents me with an opportunity to give my point of view to a large audience about subjects I care about deeply. My ninth book is my first fiction novel and it dares to challenge the way we have looked at conspiracies in the United States.
I have always had an interest in the murder of President Kennedy. He was murdered when i was a sophomore in high school; I remember some of my classmates cheering! After years of reading anything I could find on the topic, and learning about the murders of two black, gay Deep South lawyers who were working on cold cases, I decided that I was ready to share what I think about the murders of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and the resultig cover up.
I also believe these two lawyers were killed because they knew too much. Both had been collecting information on cold cases. Thus begins the start of The Plan:
“My name is Clinton Moore. I am a lawyer born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. I almost made it to my seventy-second birthday—invited over a hundred guests to my party—but a client, and then a stranger, wrecked my plans the day before my cake was to go into the oven.”
Years after the assassination of President Kennedy took place, I knew, like so many others, the American new media had not given us the full story of what really happened on that November day. Because so many conspiracy theorists have been made fun of by the traditional media, I took it upon myself to learn facts about it. My focus became those who allegedly gathered secret information, and were murdered because of it, as well as people who were murdered during the modern civil rights movement.
My first books relating to these themes are nonfiction works set in the Mississippi Delta: Where Rebels Roost, Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited; The Emmett Till Book; and Who Killed Emmett Till?
I have now written eight books and have two degrees, in communication and business management. I've moved to Cuenca, Ecuador where my husband and I have retired. But I still can't figure out how to stop my dog from chasing my cat! And I will keep writing until the end.