Susan Mihalic

Susan Mihalic
August 05
Writer & editor. Passionate about freedom of expression. Liberal, aspiring to be pointy-headed. Follow me on Twitter: @susanmihalic.


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Debra Mihalic Staples

A literary dynasty is a lofty thing to contemplate. I recently read Charlotte Brontë: A Writer’s Life by Rebecca Fraser, and while I found it a bit stolid and too reliant on Elizabeth Gaskell’s original biography, I was intrigued by the Brontë sisters: fragile of health/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2015 8:52AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Deonne Kahler

Deonne Kahler 

We all take away what we need from story. Whether it’s in the form of a novel, an article, a conversation, or an interview, story resonates. Different approaches to writing work for different writers. I’m a big fan of doing whatever works, but just as it’s enlighteningRead full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 9:48AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Kate Horsley

Writing is my preferred form of communication. Pick up the phone? I really hate the phone, with its insistent icepick-to-the-brain ring—which isn’t even a ring these days unless you have a special ringtone. To be honest, though, the telephone could speak to me in Morgan Freeman’s pa… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2015 7:25AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Lauren Bjorkman

YA author Lauren Bjorkman 

I have an annoying tendency to throw around words and acronyms as if everyone knows what I’m talking about: I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo, I’m a believer in sim subs, and I love YAs. If you’re reading a Craft of Writing Q&A, chances are that sentence dRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2015 7:59AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Janet Majerus

Mystery writer Janet Majerus 

Cozy. The word itself sounds snuggly, doesn’t it? Cozy is sitting in front of a fire, sipping cocoa and wearing your slippers, while the snow falls gently and a pot of soup simmers on the stove.

Unless you’re a mystery writer, in which case cozy brings to mind anRead full post »

JANUARY 21, 2015 9:19AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Lea Lane

Travel writer Lea Lane 

One of my favorite paintings is from a children’s book I edited, a retelling of the folk tale The Three Sillies, in which a young man leaves his village on a quest to find three people who are sillier than his beloved and her parents. Illustrator Kathryn Hewitt created rich,/… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2015 5:10PM

The View from the High Road

The drive from Santa Fe to Taos is beautiful regardless of which route you take.

After living in Taos for more than 20 years, I learned about a year ago that the route along the Rio Grande is called the Low Road. This is a name that would be bestowed only… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2015 10:08AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Wendy Chin-Tanner

Wendy Chin-Tanner 

Years ago, I labored under the illusion that I had to write at my desk—and I do mean labored. Just the act of sitting at a desk applied pressure in a way that made the cogs in my brain jerk to a halt like someone had sabotaged them with a/Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2015 9:47AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Meg Pokrass

Flash fiction author Meg Pokrass 

Of all the writing advice I’ve read and heard over the years, Meg Pokrass may have just delivered my favorite: “Tell the mojo it is time to wank off and let the writer work.” Read on, because the winner of the 2015 Blue Light Press Book Award has other valuableRead full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 10:25AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Laura Bogart

Laura Bogart 

For years, my writing mantra has been Be fearless. By that, I mean Be honest. Tell the truth. Don’t shy away from the details. Don’t flinch. Every time I sit in front of/Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2014 6:31PM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Katie Salidas

Katie Salidas 

Katie Salidas is a writing and publishing dynamo. Author of the Immortalis urban fantasy series, the Consummate Therapy erotica series, and the recently released Chronicles of the Uprising dystopian series, she lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother to three, wife to one, and slave to the cRead full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2014 9:45AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Summer Wood

 Summer Wood at a reading 

First, yes. Summer Wood is her real name. We share an August birthday (same day, same year—she’s my astral twin). Her mother lived in a walk-up apartment in New York City when she was pregnant, and she wanted her daughter to remember that.

Summer is the author of… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 9:09AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Melanie Sumner

Melanie Sumner 

Secrets, regrets, love, a missed flight . . . all of it is fodder for writer Melanie Sumner, author of the forthcoming novel, How to Write a Novel (Random House, June 2015.) She has published three other books of fiction, The Ghost of Milagro Creek (Algonquin), The School of BeautyRead full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 9:12AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: AJ Calhoun

AJ Calhoun 


The first half of this week has brought renewed heartbreak for the deep, painful fissures and hairline cracks that race across the map of America. Yet somehow, tomorrow, many of us will be more mindful of the abundance in our lives; as we consider gratitude, I hope we’ll atRead full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 9:39AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Savannah Thorne


Savannah Thorne 

In this Craft of Writing Q&A, Savannah Thorne discusses passion, perseverance, and how the practical advice offered by a teacher revolutionized her writing. 

Savannah received her BA from the University of Iowa, where she studied in the Writers' Workshop under sever… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2014 10:10AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy 

Once upon a time, I ran a nonprofit art school in Taos, New Mexico. If this sounds like a cushy job, remember that small, underfunded nonprofits operate on a shoestring budget. Consequently, despite having a relatively cool title (curriculum goddess), I hauled so-called portable looms a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2014 10:41AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Anna Snow

Romance writer Anna Snow, who also writes under her real name, Chastity Bush, is featured in this week's Craft of Writing Q&A with new adult novelist Susan Mihalic. 

No one reads anymore, bookstores are dying, the future of publishing is grim. Shall I go on? I think not. Fear-mongering isn’t confined to politics, and I’d rather not be a part of it. As usual, the truth isn’t quite as dire as the hyperbole leads you to believe. Someo… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2014 10:19AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Martha Grossman

Martha Grossman 


As a writer, I’ve always been struck by the special demands of writing memoir. I agree wholeheartedly with Anne Lamott, who wrote, You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2014 10:01AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Nikki Stern

Nikki Stern is the author of two published nonfiction books. The first, Because I Say So (Bascom Hill, 2010), details her experiences as a 9/11 widow in the context of our culture’s belief in unequivocal moral certainty. Hope in Small Doses (Humanist Press, 2012) recommendsRead full post »

We’ve all read the tortured-writer books. We’ve seen the movies. I’m blocked! Someone stole my story! My number-one fan cut off my feet—or broke my ankles, depending on whether you read the book or saw the movie. And then there are depictions of crazy, wild success, in which wRead full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2014 12:23PM

Fishin' for Cancer

I believe in growth and change, kindness and compassion, being mindful, and trying to be a better person. Am I there yet? No. I am not.

Nearly six years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today I’m healthy. I still feel fall-on-my-knees gratitude for good doctors, good science, and myRead full post »

Perhaps it’s one of those things that seems like a good idea at the time. Perhaps you’ve never seen The Shining. But if you’re contemplating a relationship with a writer, you need to know the good and the bad. There is no middle ground. Dont say you werent warned.

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DECEMBER 6, 2013 10:05AM

I Can't Get There from Here


The boyfriend and I agree that we have too much stuff. We don’t need or want any more. At best, conspicuous consumption makes me uncomfortable. At worst, I find it repellant, a symptom of everything that’s wrong with society. You really don’t want to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 8:55PM

Funeral for a Friend

Tomorrow, on Halloween, I will attend your memorial service. I wasn’t part of “making the arrangements,” as one inevitably says of planning funerals and memorials. Your family picked the date. I don’t know if they picked it because it was Thursday or because it was Halloween.Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2013 9:32PM

The Librarian

When I was a kid, my mother, like many stalwart Southern women of her generation, had her hair fixed once a week at the beauty shop. Fixed is not an accidental verb. Her… Read full post »