Susan Kleinman

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About Me

I have been a freelance journalist for over 20 years and have been writing fiction seriously for around five. My short stories have been published in The Baltimore Review and Inkwell, and my rejection-slip file includes a growing number of hand-written notes aaying "Really liked this! Please try us again!" which, at the moment, is what keeps me going... I am currently completing a Gurfein Family Foundation Fellowship in Fiction Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and am working on a novel. I'm married with kids, and live in the 'burbs.

Why do you write?

What fuels my creativity? Evesdropping. Reading off-beat stories in the newspaper. Walking around a neighborhood I don't know very well. Practicing the piano helps me write better... but writing does not help me play the piano better.

I write because inventing people, deciding what they're going to do today and putting words in their mouths is the closest a 46-year-old can get to playing with Barbie Dolls without freaking out my relatives.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Favorite authors: Brian Morton, Meg Wolitzer, Amy Bloom, Jhumpa Lahiri. Books I've loved reading or re-reading recently include Lauren Grodstein's "A Friend of the Family"; Andrea Lee's short stories, Melissa Bank's "Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing," Aryeh Lev Stollman's "The Far Euphrates," and Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety."

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Sara – Nov 12, 2010

Susan, so happy you're here. Big YES to your Barbies; looking forward to reading more -

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