Welcome to my site. I am Susan Joy Clark, a woman with her fingers in a few different pies. I am a former reporter, blogger, mystery writer, children’s author,




and game creator.

I am the author of the Jack Donegal Mystery series,


both available on Amazon. You can follow the crazy, humorous adventures of two buddies in the toy business, Jack Donegal and Andy Westin, who accidentally become amateur sleuths.

More of their adventures can be found in a mystery serial blog here on this site, 

You can also download Part 1 of the prequel to this series, 

when you subscribe to this site.





My female sleuth, Grace Darby, an English professor, has her own adventures in my short story ebook,

 Stay tuned for more mysteries and adventures by Ms. Darby and the Action Men!

Most recently, I have released a new book outside of the mystery genre,

 an inspirational picture book for children, that depicts how faith can move a mountain or, in Digory’s case, makes a mountain into a mole hill.

I’m the creator of mystery party games where the guests are detectives and the hosts and hostesses are suspects. One is available here, and others are on their way.

Coming soon!

A new mystery game, The Case of Mysterious Messages

I’m a puppeteer who has always written her own material for church puppet ministry, and I am gradually beginning to sell a few of my puppet scripts here,

as well as some games for children’s ministry.

I blog on multiple topics. You might find anything from …

where you can read about Southernisms, Yogi Berrisms, and other “isms,” expressions and interesting word fun … 



where you’ll find all sorts of uplifting articles with tips


and several other topics. (Check out the Blog submenu.)

I guess it’s hard to put me into a box. I’m like an actress who doesn’t want to be type-cast or like Shrek who tells Donkey that onions have layers and ogres have layers. (I’m not sure I want to be particularly compared to either an onion or an ogre.)

Thanks for visiting! Have fun and explore this site. 


Action Men with Silly Putty received a Gold Book Award from Literary Titan!

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Check out new reviews of Action Men with Silly Putty on Red Headed Book Lover Blog and the Literary Titan.

Creature Kingdom Books

The Journey of Digory Mole, an illustrated story about a little mole who turned a mountain into a mole hill.

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And coming soon in the Creature Kingdom series …  Hyacinth Mouse and the Twirly Whirly Carnival.  Hyacinth goes astray one day on the way to school and follows Hattie and Matty Ratty to the Twirly Whirly Carnival instead, where there are “No rules!” and “No school!” and everything is twirly whirly, upside-down and backwards.


Relatable Quotes

Untitled design“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” — P.G. Wodehouse

“Logic will take you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? … if we value the freedom of the mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape and take as many people with us as we can.” — J.R.R. Tolkien *

*The quote above has been widely attributed to Tolkien but is taken from a publication by Ursula K. LeGuin where she indirectly quotes Tolkien.