Susan Marie Shuman is a freelance writer, and editor, who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) and one husband. When she’s not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy, and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic, and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micro-nation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.
We asked Susan about writer’s block, and how she deals with it. Her response shows a real sense of humor. “Yes, and I’ve developed a healthy respect for it. In my case, it usually happens when I try to avoid writing something that I know must be written. Other times, I think my muse simply gets lazy or wanders off. To goose her into action, I find that finger painting is a great way to get back on track. You use the other side of your brain, which somehow gets the creative juices flowing again. Plus, it’s fun. Also, I find that when I wear bizarre color & pattern combinations, mismatched socks, and/or wild make-up, it helps me tap into parts of me previously unknown. Some of my best writing happens when I’m wearing plaids & polka dots and blue metallic eye shadow. No, I do not leave the house like this.”
She has a website! Go check her out. She has published three collections of short stories/poetry. Bad Meringue & Other Stories : A Collection of Short Stories & Poetry is one of them. Her genre ends towards Satire, The Human Condition, Unrequited Love, Fantasy. She writes poetry in various forms, short stories, and is currently working on a memoir.
Susan decided to go indie because she did not know how to go about getting an agent and CreateSpace had just come out so she thought she’d try it. When asked why she decided to be an author, she responded “A friend’s father was a writer and I was fascinated by him. I loved the way he spoke, his thought process; I’d never met such an exotic person!”
We are so pleased to meet Susan and felt like you would be as well.