Susan Gilbert-Collins

Born and raised in South Dakota, Susan Gilbert-Collins studied English at Oberlin College and holds an M.A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota. While she enjoyed teaching international students and adult immigrants, she now freelances as a technical writer in order to have more time to focus on her first love, fiction. She lives with her husband and young son in Rochester, New York.

Books by this Author

Starting from Scratch

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Do the next thing.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. It takes a huge amount of effort for me to remember to light a single candle rather than curse the darkness.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not changing piano studios my freshman year at Oberlin Conservatory. It would have been a gutsy thing to do, and I would have been happier.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Here in my kitchen, at the world's smallest island.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I suspect I come off as more assertive than I realize, so maybe that. I've been told I exude self-confidence, and this always shocks me to hear.


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