I began writing in sixth grade when a classmate and I started a newspaper filled with gossip about teachers and fellow students!
While "keeping a roof over my head" as a social worker (I have a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan), I wrote articles about my profession, mostly on mental health matters, which were published in various regional newspapers, such as the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the L.A. Weekly.
Profoundly influenced by the two excellent cooks who raised me, I also write about my second passion: food. I've penned articles about my runaway-from-home cooking lessons in Rome and my childhood in the capital of American food, the South.
I'm an Associate Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. I have lectured at the University of Hong Kong and also at the International Society of Psychotherapists in Paris. I presented a discussion on Mindfulness for a Clinical Consortium for the Navy in San Diego and led an orientation on treatment for Borderline Personality at the Downtown Women’s Center in LA. I hold an LCSW and have a private practice in Los Angeles.
I have a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
In December 2015, I completed an invitation-only master class at Hedgebrook Writers Retreat on Whidbey Island, Washington.
After twenty-something years as a counseling professional, I have a deep insight into the human psyche. I have the empathy to connect with others so they are comfortable sharing their innermost fears, secrets and desires. These skills are reflected in the compelling characters and stories I create. For this reason, tales based on my own life are heart-felt, warm, tragic and emotive.
Copyright © 2016 Susan T. Lindau