Susan began her writing career at age 9, in a Michigan elementary school, when she and two friends convinced a teacher to let them produce and hand out copies of their primitive graphic novel about an elephant with a hump full of juice ("humphantajuice") that he served from his trunk to thirsty children. Obviously, Susan has the memory of an elephant, since that was over 40 years ago! (That's little Susan on the left....)
She considers poetry the fundamental building block for all writing, and likes to quote Baudelaire: "Always be a poet, even in prose." Her poetry has appeared in a variety of small journals and online publications, as well as in her textbook for writing instruction, Writing Success Through Poetry, which features a collection of her poems as prompts for writing in all genres. Her first novel popped into her head while she stared at a knot in a wood panel and asked herself, "What if a tiny face suddenly formed there--the face of a tree fairy trapped in the wall after lumberjacks chopped down her tree?" Susan always finds ideas by asking "what if" questions.
After graduating with high honors from The University of Michigan, Susan worked as a teacher and private tutor, and later entered the world of publishing, as a magazine editor and free-lance writer/editor, in San Diego. Susan and her husband moved to New York City for a year, where she worked as an associate literary agent and manuscript editor. She opened a California office for the literary agency she worked for when she moved back to San Diego. A few years and three kids later, Susan retired from representing authors to be a full-time mother and part-time author. As her three kids grew, so did her creativity, and she published her first book, Knock on Wood, in 2000. Her eldest daughter modeled for the illustrations in the book, which featured hidden images of a tree fairy, viewable through red-lensed glasses that come with the book. Bookstores and schools invited Susan to read from her work, talk about writing, and teach writing workshops. Requests for private workshops and lessons resulted in Susan's busy other career as a teacher of writing to kids from 8 to 18 (and occasionally an adult or two). This rewarding career also brought the reward of Susan being able to work at home and include her own kids in her classes. All three Lipson kids are now creative adults: a TV writer/producer, a singer-songwriter-musician, and an actress/singer/YouTuber. Her husband of 30+ years is an esteemed physician (and devoted fan of his artistic kids).
Susan has established a reputation as a lively teacher who believes in sharing her passion for words. She also volunteers as an active member of her local interfaith network, creating programs and sharing her own words and music with her community. Her passion for singing and songwriting seems to find its way into all of her writings as literary soundtracks. "Dance of the Trees" (a theme song for her middle-grade novel about a girl and a tree fairy) appears on this website, in fact. Many of her poems double as song lyrics, and she has written a small repertoire for her new musical character, now awaiting his entrance into the literary world, Fergal McBean, the "one-lad band." She also has a soundtrack for her new YA novel-in-progress, Just Act Normal.
Represented by East-West Literary Agency, Susan is always writing a new book and awaiting the publication of completed manuscripts.
Susan L. Lipson, Author & Writing Teacher
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