Non-Fiction

Blog Posts

August, 2019: Eating Authors with Mary Lawrence M. Schoen. Susan tells about a distinctive meal eaten high in a mountain glen after a day of rock climbing.

August, 2019: Whatever: The Big Idea with John Scalzi. Susan discusses the theme of addictions inĀ  Bursts of Fire.

July, 2019: My Favorite Bit with Mary Robinette Kowal. Susan discusses her love of mountain adventure, and how it informed Bursts of Fire.

July, 2019: The SFWA Blog. Susan talks about using charts to translate the hero’s journey into a linear plan.

October, 2018: My Favorite Bit with Mary Robinette Kowal. Susan and Lucas Law talk about Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders.

September, 2018: Whatever: The Big Idea with John Scalzi. Susan and Lucas Law discuss Shades Within Us.

April, 2018: The Story Behind the Stories with Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Susan describes how she wrote her short story “The Fat Man.”

April, 2018: Fictorians: Organizing Critique Comments for Implementation. Susan’s techniques for working with comments from multiple different readers.

March, 2018: Unblocking Ideas (Analog Science Fiction and Fact). Different ways of writing your way out of writer’s block.

July, 2016: The Pleasures of Anthology Editing (SFWA Blog). Susan’s award-winning editorial work as an anthologist.

July, 2014: Backstory Secrets (SFWA Blog). Susan discusses tips and techniques for sprinkling backstory through a work that begins in media res.

Magazine Articles

Cover Image: Grandpa's Kitchen

Grandpa’s Kitchen

A haunting, love-filled memory of a hidden mountain valley Susan’s children call “Grandpa’s Kitchen.” Her father, renowned mountaineer, Don Forest, was first and foremost a family man, and loved nothing better than to pass on his love of the mountains to his children and grandchildren. Now that her father has passed away, it is Susan’s ongoing legacy to share the ways of the mountains with her children. Legacy Magazine, 2009.