Born in Buffalo, New York, Susan grew up editing and illustrating manuscripts for gifted and talented education for DOK Publishers. At age 10, she had her first poem published in her local paper. Throughout her school years she was a regular contributor to the Lit Corner in the Buffalo Courier Express as well as contributing to her school newspaper and literary magazine. At 15 she won a citywide short story contest, and as a high school senior she won a statewide editorial competition.
After graduating magna cum laude from Damen College with a BFA, she co-developed and wrote a monthly parenting program, Carriage To College, for children from birth through age 19, which she is now reformatting into book form. She also taught drama and creative writing at Calasanctius School for the Gifted in Buffalo.
In July of 2004 she moved to California’s Central Coast where she joined San Luis Obispo NightWriters. After serving as Board Secretary for a year, she was elected president of NightWriters in June of 2007. She is moderator of NW’s Red Ink Critique group, and a member of Ginger Lasher’s South County Writers group.
Susan’s first suspense novel, Tangled Webs, (see the Tangled Webs page for more details) was published in 2005 to great acclaim from readers – she has often been accused of causing sleep deprivation, because readers can’t put the book down! Also in 2005, she won 2nd place in the Lillian Dean First Page Competition, Short Story category, at the Central Coast Writers Conference, and her 498-word sci-fi story “Destiny” was a finalist in SLO NightWriters annual Flash Fiction Contest.
In 2006, she won 1st place in the Mindprints Literary Journal Flash Fiction Contest; her sci-fi story, “Figment,” appeared in the March 2007 issue of the prestigious publication. In February of 2007 she wrote “Lord, Let Me Walk,” a 3-year spiritual journey for Lent based on biblical readings and the colors of the rainbow. Her poem “Summer Place” was published in the July/August 2007 issue of Women’s Press. In September, 2007, at the 23rd Central Coast Writers Conference, she again won awards for her writing in the Lillian Dean First Page Competition: 3rd place in poetry for “Night Music”; 3rd place in short story for “The Collector”; and 1st place in short story for “Rudley’s Rage.”
In 2008, at the Central Coast Writers Conference, Susan won 1st place in the Lillian Dean First Page Competition in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir for “Summer of ’72″, and in October took 1st place for her mystery short story, “The Telltale Death” in the Sisters In Crime (San Joaquin Valley Chapter) competition. She was also a judge in the 2008 Lillian Dean First Page Competition in the Novel and Short Story categories.
She now working on the first three volumes of a paranormal suspense series, as well as two stand-alone suspense books and two sci-fi novels, and finalizing the format for her 3-year spiritual program, “Lord Let Me Walk.” An avid quilter and knitter, she is also compiling her original quilt patterns and knitwear designs for publication, and is writing a book on beginning hand quilting. Susan is available for professional critiquing and editing services; see the Editing/Writing Services page for details.No comments