Susan Mary Malone is crazy happy about literature, Labradors, and wine, the order depending upon the day. Maybe the hour. Or as her latest novel, I Just Came here to Dance, begins: “Some folks said I went crazy that summer.” Apparently she never entirely returned!
But method does exist in her madness. Her stories revolve around the passions and purpose, the myths and meaning of women’s lives. Which often involves wine. She does, however, try to keep the Labradors out of that.
She is the author of six traditionally published books: Two novels, I Just Came Here to Dance and By the Book, and four co-authored works of nonfiction, What’s Wrong with My Family? And How to Live Your Best Life Anyway, Five Keys for Understanding Men: A Woman’s Guide, Fourth and Long, The Kent Waldrep Story, and BodySculpting: The Weisbeck Way. Her short stories have appeared in a host of literary quarterlies and Amazon Shorts.
Susan is currently working on a novel set in a Texas vineyard and winery. The research is tough but, of course, some intrepid author has to do it. And along the way, she finds happiness in purpose—just as the stories say.
Susan loves to entertain readers and teach writers, to talk about stories and myths, happiness and purpose. She teaches at writers’ conferences, and speaks at libraries and to book clubs. She has served as a guest lecturer to creative-writing programs at colleges and pubic schools all over the country. You can find more information on her keynote speaker engagements, and find out how you can have her at your next event, here.
When not in a world of myths and stories, native-Texan Malone raises, trains, and shows Labrador Retrievers though Bear-Paw Labradors. These constant clowns bringing her laughter and joy.
Susan is also a freelance book editor. Nearly fifty Malone-edited books have been published by traditional publishers, to much critical acclaim. One made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame film, and another is in production to be released in 2015. You can find Malone Editorial Services here.