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.
Author’s Links: (Do our authors a favor and click like/follow their profile’s and pages!)
Here’s a link to the blog: http://open.salon.com/blog/susanmihalic.
Susan‘s Interview will go live On November 11th so do your research and come ask her some questions!
Would you like to be interviewed by the group? Here is how to enter.