"The most dangerous risk of all -
the risk of spending your life not doing
what you want on the bet you can
buy yourself the freedom to do it later."

There is no greater
agony than bearing
an untold story inside you.

- Maya Anjelou

Susan Salluce, MA, CT

holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Thanatologist--a death, dying, and bereavement specialist. Her recent book, GriefINK: Tattoo as the Language of Grief, is a narrative and pictorial book about the outward expression of tattoo as the inner process of grief that gives voice to loss, continuing bonds with the deceased, and comfort to the living. In addition to GriefINK, Susan is the best-selling author of psychological thriller, Out of Breath Read More...


Here's how I got started with my non-fiction book, GriefINK...

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Harper Collins Award Winner

South West Writer's Contest: Placed in top three for Mainstream/Literary Novel as judged by HarperCollins.

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Radio Interview

Listen in to my interview with KSCO’s Ethan Bearman as I discuss my novel Out of Breath, grief when tragedy hits a community, compassion fatigue in mental health professionals, and post-traumatic stress in first responders.

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Over 35,000 copies of my novel Out of Breath have been sold worldwide

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About Susan...

Reaching the bereaved through literature, art, conversation, and counseling sums up my life’s work. Prior to becoming a writer of grief-related fiction and non-fiction, I was a therapist in El Dorado County, California, working with a number of agencies and specialties. Grief-work became my passion after my family and I experienced a number of deaths in a short amount of time.

For me, talking about death, dying, and how grief affects us, has never been morbid or distressing. Death is a passage we will all experience, and “de-stigmatizing” conversations about grief allows each of us to bring not only our losses to the forefront, but our relationships with those who deeply touched us. We have continued bonds with loved ones, friends, and pets well after their death, and I strive to communicate this with my readers in GriefINK, Out of Breath, and my blog. When we talk about death, we can talk about life.