Susan Baruch

Below is our  interview with contributor Susan Baruch.

1) Tell us a bit about the pieces you have in Motherly Musings.  What was the inspiration for your work, and do you have any comments or thoughts about your featured work that you would like to share with readers?

Morning Glories is a poem that tells the story of a typical hectic morning getting my grade school age kids ready for the bus. It was a beautiful autumn day. I needed to get to work so, once the kids got outside, I got into my car, turned on the radio, and sat watching my children entertain themselves while waiting for the bus to arrive. I took a breath and saw the glory of that moment.

Bat Mitzvah Blues is a humorous essay about the craziness of planning a big party. Since my husband (a Jew by choice who was raised a Catholic) volunteered to handle our daughter's religious preparations for her bat mitzvah, I got the fun job of party planner. As it turned out, there were a few amusing challenges along the way.

2) How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
I've been writing for decades, mainly personal essays and poems at first. Then in 2004 I began my novel, Paternity, which took me five years to write. It was a really exciting five years!

3) In general, the pieces that appear in Motherly Musings are about parenting, mothers, or children.  Does this theme permeate your other writing? What other themes and ideas influence your work?
 Yes, family is a theme that seems to follow me wherever I go. The theme of identity - figuring out who we are and where we are from, and the theme of hope in the face of challenges and suffering are two other themes that won't leave me alone.

4) Are you working on any other writing projects at the moment?
Yes, at the moment I am working on a screenplay based on my novel, Paternity. This is a huge challenge given that I did not write the novel with an eye toward the silver screen. So significant changes to the storyline are needed.

5) What is your greatest challenge as writer?
For me the greatest challenge is coming up with an original idea that I feel is worthy of the arduous yet satisfying writing process. Once I get the "bug," I become compelled to write - and that's the fun part. Editing is also a challenge - and knowing when to stop.

6) What are you reading right now?  (Don't be shy--Good Night Moon and People Magazine count! :-)
I'm reading voraciously right now - for three (possibly four) book clubs! I just finished City of Thieves (which I believe was written to be made into a movie) and now I'm reading the classic southern novel, A Death in the Family.

7) Any final thoughts, advice, or comments you'd like to leave our readers with?
If you're a reader, you may also be a writer. So if you ever feel the urge, I say go for it!

Susan Baruch is the author of the novel, Paternity, published by Comfort Publishing of N. Carolina. A retired Kodak scientist/engineer (with eleven U.S. patents to her credit), Susan is also an essayist and poet. Her humorous essay, "It’s Personal," was featured in the anthology: A Cup of Comfort for Women in Love, published by Adams Media in October 2005. Her elegiac poem, "Remembering in Color," was included in the 2005 issue of The Pinnacle Hill Review published by Writers & Books of Rochester, NY. Originally (and proudly) from Cleveland, Ohio, Susan moved to Rochester NY in 1979. She now resides in Pittsford, NY with her husband and their three teenage children.  Susan blogs at Paternity.  Her website can be found here.

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