Susan Burdorf

An author once said: “There is no greater agony than having an untold story in you.” Who am I to argue with the wise Ms. Angelou?

I write because I have a story in me that wants to be out in the world. Writing gives me both joy and pain, and that’s how it should be. I realized in third grade after a required back to school essay went to twelve handwritten pages (no computers back then and I hadn’t learned to use a typewriter yet) that I was happiest when writing and I never looked back. I was late to the party, though as I did not publish my first book until 2015. Since that book, “A Cygnet’s Tale” a modern retelling of the story of The Ugly Duckling, I have published 5 more books – Breaking Fences in 2016; Old Wounds a novella set in the shared world of Havenwood Falls in 2017; the novel Rock Me Gently, also set in Havenwood Falls in 2018 and two picture books in 2019.

Along with the above-mentioned books in a variety of genres from YA Contemporary to NA/Adult Paranormal, I have published numerous short stories in anthologies in several genres. So, as you can probably surmise, I am horrible at sticking to just one type of story. I even, to humor my grandson published a humorous tale about zombies that still has people chuckling.

When not writing I am often to be found in the kitchen with my grandchildren and our four cats cooking up something fantastic. If not cooking you might find me hiking the trails around our Nashville, TN area home.

Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and I hope the next time we meet you feel a little more like a friend than a stranger.

Interview with Susan Burdorf

What inspired you to become a writer so late in life?
I should probably preface this by telling you that I believe in dreams. I believe so strongly in them that when my youngest child went off to college I decided to take time for me. I joined a fantastic writing group in Nashville, TN and learned the craft through various workshops, conferences, and conversations with other authors. I finally pushed publish on my first full novel in my mid-fifties. This was the culmination of a journey that started with an essay in my third-grade class, the title of that essay was – “What I did this summer” and I guess I had a lot to say because I hand wrote twelve front to back pages, skipping recess and lunch to finish it. 
What drew you to Dark Moon Falls II?
The other authors. I have known these folks for years and have long admired their work. When they invited me to participate I felt honored and terrified. I can only hope my work will enhance the world they have created.
What are you most proud of in regards to your writing?
My first book, A Cygnet’s Tale is about a teenager going through an identity crisis. Helen is a foster child who is attempting to complete a project that requires her to trace her history and find out who her parents are. In the course of the book, you discover she is bullied by another character and has been since their childhood, and part of her journey is overcoming this bullying and coming out the other side of near-tragedy with a strong sense of who she is now, and not who her parents were. This book inspired a young woman to create a blog and seek out authors to detail their own bullying incidents to inspire other young people to fight back. She also started an anti-bullying campaign at her school before it became a more common thing. My book did that. Doesn’t get any cooler than that.
Where do you get your ideas?
From everywhere. I read a lot. I watch the news. I listen to and observe people all the time. I get characters from people in the grocery store, I get titles from an overheard conversation, I get inspiration from the accolades accorded my fellow authors. I live in the moment and absorb everything I can. I research and take lots of notes. You never know when something you read for one book will inspire another book. ALWAYS keep your mind open and ready to receive information.
What is a story you have never written that you would like to write?
Horror. I do not write good horror, which is funny because I used to sneak downstairs at my grandma’s house all the time to watch horror movies with her. Creature from the Black Lagoon was our favorite.
Thank you so much for letting me hang out with you for a few minutes. If you would like to connect with me in the future you can reach me at the following links.

Where to Find Susan

Twitter:       @sburdorf
Instagram:  @sburdorf