She’s here!

Just a quick note here to let you know that the new book, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN, was released into the wild today! My first hardback, and I’m so very excited to let it fly. I hope you will shop at your favorite indie bookstore to pick it up. And do let me know what you think! Your opinion matters to me and always helps me shape the next book I write.

In a nutshell, this book is a weave of our collective thoughts about life and death, the resiliency of the human spirit, how we cope with loss, and the ironic truth that it is precisely because of our mortality that our existence has value. It’s because we all die that life is precious and exquisite. We are each only given one life. Just the one. It matters to us how spend it and who we spend it with.

I had heard of this pandemic prior to writing As Bright as Heaven, but I hadn’t known the depth of its impact on the world; how many lives it took, how many lives it reshaped. An estimated one-third of the world’s population was afflicted, and as many as fifty million people are believed to have died. That is a staggering number, and makes it the worst plague in history, with a death toll higher than even the Black Death of the fourteenth century. When I learned of the number left dead by it, that, to me, was fifty million stories crying to be told.  I decided to imagine just one of them…


Author: Susan

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  1. Carol Ann Potter on February 16, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Susan (I feel I know you,)

    While I’ve bought and read all of your books, I think this might be my favorite. When Pauline died, I cried for 30 minutes. I lost my husband many years ago, and those pages filled my heart with hope and excitement for our reunion.

    You are a wonderful writer. I once read you live in Rancho Bernardo as did I for over 30 years.

    Please write another very soon!

  2. Susan on February 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks so much for your comments here, Carol. I am so glad the book felt hopeful to you despite the losses this family endured. That means so much to me. And I am hard at work on another book for you!

  3. Michael Small on February 23, 2018 at 3:32 am

    In preparation for an interview with you on Monday on KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio I started to read As Bright As Heaven yesterday. Just finished it. Excellent story. Wrote to a collegue about this book, “Improbable – but true!” As a retired UCC pastor, I could talk hours with you about the themes, threads and subthemes of this great book. Thank You. Looking forward to Monday.

  4. Carmen on February 24, 2018 at 4:02 am

    I just finished reading this book. It far surpassed my expectations! I too cried when Polly died, it was so beautifully written and gives us hope that there is something more after our lives here, to be reunited with our loved ones. But this was only half way through, and I thought what could there possibly be to add to this story… and I was wowed by the remainder of the story!
    Thank you for a fantastic read! Looking forward to your next book ?
    I loved Secrets of a Charmed Life & Fall of Marigolds ?

  5. Wendy on February 28, 2018 at 3:31 am

    I just finished reading your new book, As Bright as Heaven. LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!
    I enjoyed your style of writing..
    Your character development , how each character had their own distinct and real personality( especially the three sisters), made want to keep reading. Each one’s inner voice seemed so honest and real. Their thoughts and feelings were described in a gentle, passionate manner. There was lots of drama in the Bright Family between generations and with each other. And yet, they handled their lives, and their relationship with love and death with respect for each other and with love and understanding.
    I read the book in one day. ( I was on my mid winter vacation) Cant wait to read your other books.

  6. Susan on March 3, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my, thank you, Wendy. You definitely brightened my day!

  7. Susan on March 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks so much, Michael!!

  8. Susan on March 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you, Carmen!!

  9. Melissa Gray on March 12, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I just finished and really enjoyed this book. One event that left me hanging was Willa’s decision at the end of the book, I kind of didn’t understand why and how a fifteen year old would do that. Any insight into her that I missed?
    Thanks, Melissa

  10. Susan on March 14, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    As I see it, Willa (who wants to be happy more than anything, even if it it means refusing to look at reality or making self-destructive choices) likes the bright lights of the stage, the affirmation of the audience, and the detachment her alter-ego as Polly Adler offers from the misplaced guilt she feels over causing her mother’s death.

  11. Beth Thompson on March 23, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I just finished As Bright As Heaven and I loved it. Having lost a son myself, I can say with certainty that your insights into the pain and feelings of Pauline after the death of her child were exactly right. Thank you for writing so lovingly about death and the hope that follows as life continues on. A beautiful and insightful novel.

  12. Melissa A Gray on April 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for your explanation of Willa- I guess I just was thinking “And they lived happily ever after”, and that didn’t fit into what she really did. Darn characters just won’t behave!

  13. Susan on April 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, thank you, Beth. I am so glad you stopped in to share this…

  14. Susan on April 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    So true, Melissa!

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