Come Ask Susan Mihalic Some Questions

Introducing Susan Mihalic!


I have a B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi and was hired by what was then Harcourt Brace Jovanovich the summer after I graduated. I worked for a year in trade production and then moved into the children’s books department as an editorial assistant. I was promoted quickly to assistant editor and then associate editor. I loved editing then, and I love it now. I don’t buy into the school of thought that maintains that editors are frustrated writers. Editing and writing are different but complementary skills.

Writing, however, is my first love. I wrote my first story when I was five, and I’ve thought of myself as a writer ever since. I’ve freelanced for Tempo, the arts and entertainment magazine of the Taos News (although it’s been about a decade since I wrote for them). I’ve taught children’s book writing via correspondence course. In the mid 1990s, I taught a writing workshop to violent offenders at a military prison, which was one of my favorite experiences ever.

In Taos, it’s necessary to reinvent yourself periodically, so I’ve had different day jobs here. I ran an art workshop school for 6 1/2 years, and for the past 8 1/2 years, I’ve worked as an assistant to a top-producing real estate agent. It’s a job that engages me to a degree–and yet it’s one I can leave behind when I walk out the door at the end of the day. The art school job was all-consuming, and I decided when the school closed that I didn’t want another job that sucked my creative energy dry.

I have always written, but at times the writing has been more sporadic than it is now. In 2007, I was rejected for a Yaddo residency, and that was an epiphany for me: If I waited for the perfect time, the perfect environment, and the perfect circumstances in which to write, I would never finish the manuscript I had in the works at the time–much less write anything else. I committed to writing for at least one hour each evening after work. By the end of the week, I’d seen such an accumulation of pages that I decided to do it again the next week. That created the schedule that I more or less still work by, although I don’t limit myself to one hour.

I write contemporary adult fiction. Whether it’s commercial or literary is in the eye of the beholder. I’m looking for an agent for my completed manuscript, DARK HORSES, and I’m in the discovery draft phase of my work in progress, REUNION.

I also take on private editing clients, and I’m currently editing a collection of erotica.


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Author, Blogger, and illustrator with PDMI Publishing Llc. V.L. Jennings' Blog (Speculating Among The Stars) can be found here: I am the author of two science fiction books called "The Alien Mind" and "Visionary from the Stars". I love to write and I have been doing so since the sixth grade. I was born in April 1987 in the state of New Hampshire; I was Home Schooled from seventh grade and graduated at 16 with a GED. I now live with my husband and three children in Dillon, South Carolina. You can find me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, Linkedin, and Pinterest. I love connecting with people! I am readily to answer questions and offer advice and support to new writers.

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6 comments on “Come Ask Susan Mihalic Some Questions
  1. […] 4th and visitors were encouraged to ask Susan some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Susan back for a follow up […]

  2. […] 4th and visitors were encouraged to ask Susan some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Susan back for a follow up […]

  3. Stephen Ward says:

    1. I find your career path to be intriguing. Has it been satisfying?
    2. How’s the luck in getting an agent?
    3. Dark Horses makes me think of a bunch of hapless junkies, but that’s just me. What is it about.
    4. Could you give me a clear definition of erotica vs. porn.
    5. I have my own thoughts about indie “writers” using an editor, but what exactly do you do as an editor? Is it all misspelling and grammatical errors or do you dig into uprooting plot holes and the like?
    I have a reputation for asking, shall we ay, bizarre questions and Virginia would never forgive me if I didn’t ask you a few of those
    6. Will you marry me?
    7. Does everyone you meet fall in love with you?
    8. Are you afraid Janet Evanovich out of jealous will have you done away with?
    9. When one of your books gets made into a movie, can I play the gruff, but caring bartender that hands out sage advice?
    10. Will you marry me?

  4. Hazel Nutt says:

    What was your first story about (the one you wrote when you were 5)?

    With your day job, editing work and an hour writing a day – do you have time for any hobbies or relaxing?!

    How do you go about looking for agent for your books?

  5. I like the diversity in your career, and the way it is quietly threaded together. I would love to work that prison gig for a semester!

  6. Jo Linsdell says:

    That’s an impressive curriculum!

    When writing do you find yourself editing as you go or do you manage to resist until the first draft is finished?

    You mentioned you try to stick to a writing schedule of an hour a day. Do you have a special place you write from each session or do you change location? e.g. always in your home office or do you take your laptop out and about.

    What, for you, is the best thing about being a writer?

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