Susan Dugan

 We proudly present and interview with Susan Dugan:

    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?

      My now eighteen-year-old daughter hit puberty early (in sixth grade) and hard, a couple years before I expected or was anywhere near ready. She’s an only child and we had an especially close relationship that suddenly seemed elusive. I suppose  “A rose by any other name—might be a ham” speaks to my yearning to connect with her around her first experience of adolescent love (and imminent loss) and begin to accept that the bond we shared could, in truth, never be lost despite its changing form. Similarly in “Root-bound” I reflected on the need to release the morphing form of our connection and embrace the new growth it offered us both.

  2)  How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

            I've been writing since I was a child, went on to make my living as a public relations/marketing writer and later freelance journalist but didn't return to creative writing until my 30s when I began writing short stories.

  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?

           I think the theme of the relationship between parents and children—especially mothers and daughters--very much permeates my writing. In many ways it is the most intimate, challenging, fulfilling, and complicated of all human relationships. It offers us a chance to realize the true nature and power of love and to confront and ultimately release the conditions we place on love.

     4)  Are you working on any other writing projects at the moment? 

           I am completing another book of personal essays about practicing A Course in Miracles extraordinary forgiveness in ordinary life and plan to self-publish a collection of linked short stories later this year.

      5) What is your greatest challenge as writer?

       Besides the formidable challenge of not letting rejection bring you down for too long, my greatest challenge as a writer has been honestly mining my own psyche for material that is personally honest as well as universally telling and true.

     6)  What are you reading right now?  (Don't be shy--Good Night Moon and  People Magazine count! :-)

       I’m reading the beautifully rendered novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.

           7) Any final thoughts, advice, or comments you'd like to leave our readers with? 

            I would like to tell readers to go hug their children. But not too hard. J And when the going gets    tough, cook something involving pasta.

      Susan Dugan is a freelance writer writing everything from newspaper and magazine articles to advertising copy, radio scripts, and fiction. Born in upstate New York, she lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and wonder dog, Kayleigh. The soon-to-be empty nester’s short stories have appeared in literary magazines such as eclectica, JMWW, Carve, RiverSedge, Prosetoad, Amarillo Bay, The Saint Ann's Review, River Oak Review, and Echoes.

       Her collection of personal essays—Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness--about practicing the profound spiritual psychology A Course in Miracles extraordinary forgiveness in ordinary life is available on Amazon and in bookstores. Dugan also posts weekly about juggling work, family, and forgiveness in her popular blog Forays in Forgiveness.  She appears in the documentary A Course in Miracles: The Movie along with other Course teachers including Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira, Take Me To Truth: Undoing the Ego, premier Course scholar, teacher, and prolific author Kenneth Wapnick, PhD, and Gary Renard, best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe.

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