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Interview with Jordan Rosenfeld
in Interview

Interview with Jordan Rosenfeld

by Susan

I am thrilled to have my next guest, Jordan Rosenfeld, back on my blog. If you haven’t met Jordan, let me recap our relationship. I met Jordan several years ago at The East of Eden Writing Conference in Salinas, California. At that time, I was just writing my first novel, Out of Breath. So, while many writers were hoping to attract or pitch to an…

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Jul
2013
Radical Devotion
in Interview, Radical

Radical Devotion

by Susan

On January 3rd, 2006 Steve McNitt, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at El Dorado County Mental Health, married to his wife Susie of twenty years, father of Noah McNitt (then 12) and Caleb McNitt (then 10), received some heartbreaking news about his son, Caleb. Caleb was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia (AML), which is generally regarded as an adult form of leukemia. They were told…

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Jun
2013
Radical Dreams
in Interview, Radical

Radical Dreams

by Susan

My next interview is with Neil Pearlberg, a journalist/surfer/paddle board instructor/radio show host in Santa Cruz, California. I met Neil through John Mel, owner of Freeline Design Surf Shop. After the senseless shootings of two deputies in Santa Cruz, Neil and I sat down to discuss the violence in Santa Cruz, the drug culture in the surf community, and how my novel Out of Breath…

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Jun
2013
Radical Social Justice
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Radical Social Justice

by Susan

My next interview is with the amazing, and lovely Melissa Lingo, director of The Trade, founded in 2010 by the owners of Hattori Hanzo Shears. Back in 2010, hairstylists were donating their shears to Hattori Hanzo Shears in order that they might be sent to countries where women could learn a trade to escape sexual exploitation. Out of this, The Trade was born, a preventative…

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Jun
2013
Radical Revisiting
in Interview, Radical

Radical Revisiting

by Susan

Interview with Anne Serling: Radical Revisiting, author of As I Knew Him, My Dad, Rod Serling Anne, welcome to my website, and thank you for taking time in your busy life to share about this lovely tribute to your father, and open up about the grief involved in losing him. For those of you who don’t know, or are under the age of 40 (!),…

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Jun
2013
in Interview, Radical

Radical Faith

by Susan

Interview with Liz Armstrong If you are a fan of Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies, Rosie, and Operating Instructions (three favorites of her many novels), then you will love the spirit and story of my next interview with my former priest, Liz Armstrong. Now, when most people hear the word priest, they conjure up stodgy old men in white robes, a papal hat, swinging…

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Jun
2013
Radical Surf
in Interview, Radical

Radical Surf

by Susan

Peter Mel: Mavericks Big Wave Tournament Champion, 2012 Imagine being out in the Pacific Ocean. The air is cool, foggy, hovering around fifty degrees—the water roughly the same. Now, picture a thirty-foot wall of water rolling your direction. Thrilling? Terrifying? Yes, and yes. This is the life of a Big Wave surfer, Peter Mel, who is my next guest on susansalluce.com. Perched on the cliffs…

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Jun
2013
Renewed & Revitalized
in Life, Radical

Renewed & Revitalized

by Susan

In my blog, my writing has shifted from that which is comfortable and familiar to exploring deeper issues that draw likeminded, growth-oriented, pushing-the-envelope, willing-to-risk individuals. In the past six months, many of us have been brought together by our pursuit of quality, life-touching writing. Others, by our grief of parent loss, broken relationships, and life transitions. The experience of connecting with another soul through hardships,…

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Jun
2013
IndieBookPromo.com Guest Post
in Collaboration, Interview

IndieBookPromo.com Guest Post

by Susan

I was recently featured as a guest blogger at IndieBookPromo.com This past December, I walked my father home in his dying days. In my blog and Facebook posts, my readers were privy to our last moments and his final words, “I love you, honey.” Watching someone slip away from Alzheimer’s disease took an enormous toll on me, and yet, I was blessed in the process….

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May
2013
A conversation with my 65-year-old self…
in Collaboration, Interview, Life

A conversation with my 65-year-old self…

by Susan

My lovely writer friend, Terri Giuliano Long, invited me to take part in a fascinating blog post: Envision myself twenty years from now (65), with full knowledge of all that has happened between now and then—achievements, trials, and the wisdom gained along the way, and develop a conversation in which my 65-year-old self talks to current day Susan. Timely? Absolutely. I’m hinging on some of…

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Apr
2013
in Collaboration, Life

Celebrating Bloggers 2013 – Parenting Myself

by Susan

Over the past couple of years on my blog I’ve presented a number of author interviews, delved into personal growth issues, allowed my readers to companion me on various grief journeys (my most recent being my father’s death), and, in a confessional manner, put my parenting life on display through stories and metaphors. It’s been a therapeutic, rewarding, and fun way to connect with readers,…

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Apr
2013
Arrow of the Mist: An Interview With my Writing Partner Christina Mercer
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Arrow of the Mist: An Interview With my Writing Partner Christina Mercer

by Susan

When an author publishes a book, she isn’t the only person behind the words. There is an entire community behind each word, phrase, scene, carefully placed comma and semi-colon. If you are smart, you’ve allowed several sets of eyes to scrupulously comb through your manuscript for flaws. Even still, some show up on the final print day. If you are blessed, you have a writing…

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Mar
2013
Grief Recovery: From the Valley to the Mountain
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Grief Recovery: From the Valley to the Mountain

by Susan

A large number of you, my readers, companioned me this past December when I was walking my father home in his dying days. You read my posts about his final words, the emotional toll it took on me, and I was blessed in the process. You comforted me with words and prayers, and I want you to know how moved I was to have such…

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Feb
2013
Interview: Caroline Leavitt
in Interview

Interview: Caroline Leavitt

by Susan

As most of you know, I’m a grief specialist, and in my first novel, Out of Breath, I dove into some heavy topics such as: parental bereavement, loss of a parent, addiction, and suicide. I’m also drawn to reading books that have those themes as well. Sometimes, I’m disappointed, and can see through the author’s prose, knowing that their well-meaning words are just that—words. After…

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Jan
2013
in Life

“New”

by Susan

Happy 2013! I will not be writing about my goals, resolutions, or asking you about yours in this first post of the year. Not because I don’t think that this isn’t a worthy idea, but because I’ve already been a guest on someone else’s blog answering such questions. Let’s face it: someone beat me to the punch, and that’s okay. What I would like to…

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Jan
2013
Interview: Sibel Hodge
in Interview

Interview: Sibel Hodge

by Susan

Early in my career as an Indie author, I stumbled across the name Sibel Hodge. It’s quite possible that we were in a give-away or promotional event together. I downloaded one of her chic-lit books, enjoyed it, and her ear-to-ear smile, as well as her unique name stuck in my mind. Roughly six months later, my novel, Out of Breath, and her novella, Trafficked: The…

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Nov
2012

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