Susan Snowden has edited fiction and nonfiction for authors and publishers since 1985. She is also an award-winning writer, and has taught writing and editing at workshops, writers’ conferences, and at a large urban university. She has served as a contributing editor of two national journals and as chief copy editor of numerous publications.
Susan holds degrees in journalism and English literature. She earned a master’s degree at New York University in 1984. A native of Atlanta, she relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina in 1995.
Susan has completed substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading projects on diverse subjects for a variety of clients:
Juvenile (picture book)
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In 1995 Susan began writing novels, short fiction, and poetry. Since then her work has been published in more than forty literary journals and anthologies. Her novel Southern Fried Lies was published in August 2012 by Archer Hill. It was funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
From 1985 to 1995, Susan wrote nonfiction articles (news stories, features, and interviews) for more than one hundred publications—state, regional, and national newspapers and magazines. She covered a broad range of topics from health and medicine to psychology and parenting. (She was editing books for authors and for several publishing companies concurrently.)
Over the years, Susan has received fifteen honors and awards for her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She's especially proud of the prize she received for her interview with playwright Tennessee Williams, her first piece to be published in a national literary journal (New Orleans Review). For that interview Susan was awarded First Place Mark of Excellence from the national Society of Professional Journalists. "To this day I have no idea who submitted it to their contest!" Susan says.
Southern Fried Lies, Susan’s first novel, was published by Archer Hill Publishing, based in Columbia, South Carolina. Their goal is to showcase authors in the Carolinas. The book is available now (August 2012) from online booksellers and from bookstores in the US. (See book description below.)
Told in the clear, strong voice of Sarah Claiborne, a precocious teenager who reads Kafka and Camus, Southern Fried Lies is the story of a well-to-do Atlanta family in crisis.
To Atlanta society, the Claibornes appear picture-perfect: Edward, a successful architect; Catherine, active in the church and community; four model children. But life at "Tara" is not what it seems. Catherine’s sole focus has always been her oldest son, Ben; it is as if her other offspring and husband are invisible. When Ben suddenly moves away and refuses to communicate with his mother, Sarah becomes the target of Catherine’s wrath. As she struggles with the usual teenage challenges, she’s also the victim of unrelenting abuse from her mother. Her father is too busy—and emotionally unable—to help, and when Catherine’s behavior threatens the safety of all her children, Sarah takes on the task of “fixing” her. Sarah’s sole ally is Etha Mae, the Claibornes’ black maid, who makes sure the family is on the prayer chain at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
The novel is set against the backdrop of the social unrest roiling in the South in the early 1960s: sit-ins at Atlanta lunch counters, Ku Klux Klansmen marching in the streets. Sarah is in the eye of the storm raging in the Claiborne household, but she is affected by these historical events as well.