books

Remembering Dad

A poet brings us comfort when our own words aren’t enough. John O’Donohue is one of my favorites. In memory of my father, on what would have been his 90th birthday just

Read More »

Diversity and the White Writer

As the dust storm of controversy swirls around American Dirt, I just returned from Vietnam where I spent weeks researching a novel I’m writing. I am not Vietnamese. I’m as white as

Read More »

The Decade in Pictures

The decade started with a tumultuous but ultimately glorious life change—a betrayal and divorce. I regained my home, my life, and my freedom. I discovered that I have the best

Read More »

Let’s Get Baked

My friends always know when I have writer’s block because there’s usually a sudden explosion of baking around my house. I’m plotting my next book and it’s not going well,

Read More »

The Things We Keep Hidden

When I started writing The Oysterville Sewing Circle, I never dreamed the topic would go viral, almost overnight. My writing and research began before the watershed moment when Ronan Farrow

Read More »

happy tattoo-versary

Nine years ago, I emerged from a difficult time in my life. During that time, I discovered how toxic negativity can be to a person. It affects you in ways

Read More »

I wrote a damn fine novel.

Dear Readers, I wrote a thing. Jennifer Weiner wrote an essay in Publishers Weekly deconstructing this phrase. I remember reading the piece on May 17–my birthday–and it felt like a

Read More »

Stay In Touch

Be the first to know all the 
updates from Susan