About Suzie

Suzie Ivy owned an independent bookstore for twenty years in Phoenix, AZ. She gave it all up to pursue a life-long dream. At the age of 45 Suzie went to the police academy and spent the next eight years with a gun and a badge. She’s the USA Today Best-Selling author of paranormal romance writing as D’Elen McClain and USA Today Best-Selling author writing contemporary romance as Holly S. Roberts. Her Suzie Ivy books Bad Luck Cadet & Officer are optioned for television and film. Her granddaughter calls her princess cop, though her tiara is slightly crooked.


Here are some interesting facts you probably don’t care to know about me 🙂

1)      I have been married for more than 37 years

2)      I have 3 children and 10 grandchildren

3)      I have 2 dogs

4)      I love all animals, reptiles and insects (okay, maybe not roaches and centipedes but I’m working on it)

5)      My first car was a baby blue 1975 Volkswagen Beetle

6)      I owned a bookstore for 20-years in Phoenix, AZ

7)      I had a book radio show on 2 Phoenix AM stations called Book Crazy Radio

8)      In my bookstore days, I picked up NY bestselling authors at the airport and drove them around (Do you believe I was paid?)

9)      I’ve eaten lunch with Jeffrey Deaver (on Mother’s Day), Iris Johansen (Wendy’s drive-through, because we were late and got blocked in at the radio station) and Lee Child more times than I can remember (He loves a good greasy hamburger joint and eats his burger with a knife and fork. He never commented on what a pig I was when I ate mine with my fingers)

10)   I graduated high school in 1978 though my graduating class was 1979

11)   I’m dyslexic and cannot read a map

12)   I am a conservative Democrat and no that is not an oxymoron

13)   I have battled with my weight since turning 30

14)   Dogs do have a soul, just look into their eyes

15)   I don’t waste a lot of time on sleep

16)   The TV remote volume must be changed in increments of 5 (it’s an OCD thing)

17)   I sleep naked

18)   My favorite quote: (unknown author) “Women who think they are as good as men lack ambition”

19)   My favorite movie: Schindler’s List, I have watched more than 20 times

20)   My favorite food: Paleo pizza

21)   My favorite candy: dried organic bananas, made in my own kitchen

22)   My favorite vegetable: asparagus

23)   My favorite child: it changes weekly based on who called me last

24)   My favorite book: too many to name

25)   My best friend: My husband

26)   My husband and I eat a Paleo diet except for alcohol. I make my own peach wine and apricot brandy fresh from our backyard orchard

27)   I love to garden, make my own soap and lotion, and cook from scratch

28)   We are strictly non-GMO


  1. linda anselmi
    October 3, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Enjoying your blog. Can’t wait to read more.

    • Dee
      February 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Linda, Suzie badluck!

      Just got to your blog and will read it later. Sounds good.
      So we share birthdays? Interesting. Both Leos.
      I’ve had students come to my office (educational advisor) and when they tell me they want to do everything I ask if they are a Leo. Most are!


      • February 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        I was talking to friend one day and had a lady come up out of nowhere and say “You’re a Leo right.” She then asked if I followed astrology and I told her no. She said, “You should.” Put me in my place and like you I’ve learned to spot Leos.

  2. Alyce Luff
    March 15, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Hey Suzie

    Thanks for the invite to your blog. I can’t wait to get reading. BTW, told Hubbie last night we will probably have to get two Kindles so we can exchange them. You might be a bad influence on me (as always). So much fun catching up. Sure miss all the hours we spent visiting.

  3. April 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Attention Law Enforcement Community, are you a writers or blogger? Do you want to write for a new website called Police Crunch? We’re currently looking for volunteers who are knowledgeable and passionate about Law Enforcement related issues and are interested in contributing to our website http://PoliceCrunch.com

    If you are interested please e-mail your resume to PoliceCrunch@gmail.com


  4. August 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I wish you had that easy peasy ‘Subscribe’ button on your blog. I need email notifications from you.

    • August 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

      I think the follow button at the top of wordpress will do the trick but I will look for the easy peasy button and place it on my blog just for you. If I become bald again tring to figure out wordpress it’s all your fault though.

  5. August 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Greetings Det. Suzie:

    Great Job!. I am a former copper and currently advise agencies on Crisis Management / Hostage-Barricade Negotiation. I write under the pen name Yoda. We are linking you to our; htp://www.magnifiedview.com

    Please reciprocate if you will, Cordially, Yoda@magnifiedview.com

  6. October 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Hello Suzie,

    May I please have permission to copy your photo and link it to your site, https://badluckdetective.wordpress.com on LocalPigeon.com? I think you and your work are a great fit for LocalPigeon’s daily Storify.

    We are currently publishing October’s calendar and would be honored to have you join our community.

    Best Regards,



  7. June 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Hello, my name’s Bill Erfurth and I’m a retired Lieutenant from the Miami Dade Police Department. I am working in association with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to produce a documentary film about our fellow law enforcement heroes.

    The recently released trailer for the film can be found here: http://youtu.be/TMJCOEOGYgg

    Heroes Behind the Badge, to be released in the Fall of 2012, is a documentary film featuring some of the brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    We are trying to spread the word about this project and would like to ask you to help support these heroes by mentioning or posting a link to our trailer on your website. Upon completion of the film, 50% of the proceeds will go the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

    For more background on this project, you can check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/heroesbehindthebadge and our website: http://www.heroesbehindthebadge.com

    You can also check out a recent news story about Heroes Behind The Badge here if you’re interested: http://www.lawofficer.com/article/news/behind-scenes-look-heroes-behi

    Thank you,
    Bill Erfurth

  8. July 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    HI Suzie. Retired copper here. You can have Tom Cruise, he’s fifty now and we fifty plus guys
    find it harder to attract the twenty somethings nowadays. I’ll stick with my wife, after forty years she’s kinda grown on me. Not like a tumour or anything, more like my slippers. They are a bit rough around the edges and slightly threadbare but they fit like a glove.

    • July 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Awwwwe, what a super sweet thing to say about your wife. I’ve never understood the younger “thing” for men or women. My husband and I are 33 years happy and I wouldn’t trade him for all the Tom Cruises in the world but I still enjoyed writing the post. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  9. August 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    How could I have missed Suzie Ivy’s ‘interesting facts’ until today? You made me chuckle several times. AJ Burton made me laugh too….’how his wife has grown on him like slippers.’ Too funny. I’d have to think a long, long time to come up with 25 interesting facts that people probably don’t care to know about me. Maybe one day I will have enough to post. So glad to know you, Det. Suzie.

    • August 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      A whole bunch of women did theirs on Blogher and I really felt I was quite boring but it was still fun. Just so you know, getting to know you as been one of the highlights of this year. Someday we shall meet in person and share the cooking for your guys and gals.

  10. Cinnamon
    March 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hello Det. Ivy. I stumbled across your post today on the rape trial in Ohio and totally understand where you are coming from. I proceeded to your “About Suzie” page and that when I discovered that I was not the only anomaly in this world. I graduated last June from the academy (at the age of 43) and I’m still in the process of trying to get hired. You’re an inspiration knowing that if you can do it….so can I. Thanks for your post.

  11. Erin Singer
    April 23, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Dear Suzie,

    I hope this email finds you well. Please let me introduce myself.

    My name is erin Singer and I am a producer working for WAM, a Montreal-based television production company. We are producing a new 8-part television series called REAL DETECTIVE with Investigation Discovery. Real Detective is a show about real-life detectives and their real cases. Each episode will tell the story of a different detective and one case that has affected them profoundly. This new series is largely based on HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE which you might have seen.

    We are looking for detectives across the USA. The episode will focus around a crime, an investigation with dramatic twist and turns, wrong leads, personal challenges and justice being served. We know that every detective has a case that has challenged them like no other. A story that, for whatever reason, gets locked away in the back of their mind.

    We are open to speaking with retired detectives as well. We are looking for a detective who would be willing to discuss their own personal journey and how this particular case really influenced their own lives. For example: Maybe they have a family member who was murdered in a similar fashion? Maybe the location of the murder was where they grew up? A story in which the crime had a profound impact on their own lives.

    The case can deal with all types of subject matter (drugs, murder, human trafficking you name it) but it must be a closed case (no pending appeals). The case can take place at any point in time (though anything before 1970’s might be problematic).

    Do you know somebody who might come to mind? Please let me know if there is a time we can speak?

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Best wishes,


    Erin Ashley Singer
    Content Producer
    O: 514. 846.1940

    WAM has been a leading producer of television for 20 years. Our team has worked with nearly every major broadcaster in North America, including Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, History Channel and CBC and our programming is seen in over 80 countries.

    Our team has experience working with government agencies and armed forces for both broadcast television as well as for internal strategic and tactical productions for militaries in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Success on these projects has relied on combining creativity and craft with respect, confidentiality and professionalism – skills that our team bring to every project.

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