Susan Braudy – Author of “Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary”

Susan Braudy is the bestselling author of six books. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Magazine, New York Magazine, Jezebel, The Week, and the New Journal at Yale. The Men’s Issue she created and edited for Ms. Magazine was the highest selling in the magazine’s history. She’s a recipient of the Dick Goldensohn Fund Award for investigative reporting and was a judge for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize at Columbia University. Alfred A. Knopf nominated her last book for the Pulitzer Prize. Her blogs are Writers Celebrate Writers and Manhattan Voyeur.                                                       

For more information on Susan Braudy and her book – visit her website at

Listen to the Interview

Topics of Conversation

  • A young woman’s sexual awakening.
  • America’s infatuation with the Kennedy’s
  • Researching historical figures
  • The power of language
  • Susan’s current project – a mystery/thriller based on a true story!
  • Advice for emerging authors

About Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary
At the dawn of the Blitz, American Ambassador Joseph Kennedy rushes his family from England back home to Bronxville – but his beautiful rebellious daughter Kathleen (“Kick”) has bigger plans. Ignoring air raids and family banishment Kick returns to her forbidden sweetheart in London.

Everybody adored fun-loving Kick Kennedy except her cold mother Rose who loved being very-rich and very-Catholic and the Ambassador’s wife. Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary is an intimate peek behind the spurious facade of America’s royal family.

This historical fiction diary is the whirlwind story of JFK’s little sister and favorite person– she’s a bobby dazzler with an awesome trail of swooning British suitors.Ambitious and daring and the star of every party, Kick earns the nickname la petite questionneuse for asking many many questions, such as “Will God desert me if I marry a good Anglican?” Ever pushing boundaries Kick struggles to balance her strong faith and family loyalty with a marriage proposal from the Anglican and kind William Cavendish, heir to the most powerful duchy in England. As his wife, Kick would one day be second only to the Queen herself. Kick and her beloved Billy-o marry knowing she may alienate her family forever.

But when her loyal husband of two weeks disappears on the battlefield, Kick struggles to make a life for herself alone in London where sexual awakening lurks. Praised by author Michael Wolff (Fire and Fury) for exhibiting the “literary charm of Penelope Lively” and the “romantic fervor of Barbara Cartland,” Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary is damn good fun.

Readers will love Kick’s cheeky adventures with Winston Churchill, Aly Khan and the ribald Pamela Digby Churchill. Caught between her father’s political ambitions and her mother’s rejecting jealousy, Kick’s defiance is a treat for lovers of historical fiction: her struggles to be her own person inspire.


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