I'm Susie, and I'm a writer from Minnesota. I've been writing professionally for 20 years. When I began my journey as a writer, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. Lucky for me, I have a rich family history, complete with famous relatives and fascinating details. This led me to write my first two books, Steel Glory: The Life of Shipbuilder Arthur Sewall (1835-1900) and From Down East to Midwest: The Life of Margaret Sewall Hector (1889-1977).
After publishing Down East, I shifted my focus to children's historical fiction and wrote Saving the Schooner and Fire Runner, both loosely based on my family history. In addition to these books, I have written hundreds of articles on topics ranging from history to health to animals. I especially enjoy writing about writing and helping new writers improve their craft. In 2014, I published No Average Writer: How to Stand out in the Writing Crowd and Write Your Best, an e-book for writers of all skill levels. Please visit my Books and Articles pages for more information.
In my free time, I like to do what many writers like to do, read. I don't think it's possible to write, or at least write well, without being an avid reader. When I'm not reading or writing, I enjoy exercising, hanging out with my family, and travelling up north to the beautiful lakes of Minnesota, especially Detroit Lakes, where I spent my summers growing up. Oh, and one more thing about me: I am a dog lover. And while I'm partial to golden retrievers and my boy Riley, I recently got a vizsla named Rue, who has taught me plenty about patience - a good quality to have as a writer.
Thanks for visiting my blog, where I offer writing tips and musings as well as answers to common writing questions and inconsistencies. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or ideas for future posts, and feel free to share your own thoughts on writing.