IMG_9535Welcome to SusanSalluce.com. When I first envisioned a website and interactive blog several years ago, my readers and I had a special connection to issues such as grief, writing, parenting, and personal growth. And while all of those are dear to my heart, my focus has shifted with time, experience, and the amazing connections I’ve made.

I hear from individuals who are tired of settling for mediocre, ready to take on greater challenges, and examine the goals and dreams that have been set aside due to fear, lack of opportunity, and the demands of life. To quote Maya Anjelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I want SusanSalluce.com to be a home for your untold stories—how you’ve achieved change, shift, and your dreams.

My story began with the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” I quickly answered, “I’d write a book.” My psychological fiction book, Out of Breath, was birthed from that question. Now, two years later, it is out on the KindleiPadthe NookSony Reader, and just about any other e-reader on the market. In the first eighteen months, I sold 20,000 copies as an independent author! I look forward to the heartfelt emails and reviews from my readers who connected with my characters and their grief stories, healing along with them—this was my intention all along.

Over the past two years, I’ve been juggling two manuscripts: No Ordinary Girl, a women’s fiction/chic lit book that follows twenty-two year old Juli Broussel through relationships, growing up overseas, facing joblessness after college graduation, her dream of becoming a writer, and a passionate affair with her writing instructor who is anything but noble. My other manuscript, Dancing My Father Home, is much heavier: a fictional memoir of life with my loving, often violent, and later in life, Alzheimer’s diagnosed father. Just days ago, I decided that my own life is SO heavy and riddled with change that I picked up No Ordinary Girl after leaving it for six months, and to my delight, it’s practically writing itself! Devoting myself to something lighter, mixed with a spark of passion, and also purpose, leaves me rejuvenated. I get to spend hours with my darling, twenty-two-year old, Taylor Swift-esque character, Juli, her outspoken and wild best friend, Kelly, and eye-candy, writing professor Marcus, whose intentions for Juli take dramatic twists as he, too, unveils his first novel that profiles an anything but ordinary girl: not a bad way to spend my workday. Look for it to hit your e-reader and bookstores sometime in 2014!

Another vital part of my writing life is interviewing and connecting with people of vision. Through our time together either in person or via email, I’ve met authors, musicians, artists, surfers, and others who continue to challenge themselves through risk, development, and talent. They are people who affirm Einstein’s words, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

I look forward to getting to know you, your dreams, plights, and heroic journeys as we enjoy the miracle of life, sharing it together on susansalluce.com.