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Susan Whiting Kemp has a BA in drama from the University of Washington and is a proposal writer and editor for an environmental and engineering company. Contact her at susanwkemp(at)outlook(dot)com.

Publications

We Grew Tales — Short Story Collection

We Grew Tales book

We Grew Tales is a collaboration of creative storytelling. Three Northwest authors present speculative fiction, humorous, and literary tales, without apology for the wide ranging styles and subject matter. Indeed, the variety is what makes this collection so enjoyable to read!In “Jesus on a Rocking Horse,” a disabled woman and a homeless man see an image of Jesus in a dirty alleyway. In “The Era of Trolls,” a woman must defeat a holographic Internet troll or be attached to it indefinitely. In “Out of the Flames,” two sisters discover a dark secret from their childhoods that will change their lives forever.

The book is written in two parts, reflecting the authors’ interest in exploring two different creative processes…or two ways to grow a tale. The first half are stories conjured up in the traditional—albeit elusive—manner of storytelling. That is, a seed of an idea is fertilized in the mind, transformed onto the page, and finally shaped for the reader’s consumption. In the second half of the book, the seeds are planted as prompts—nonnegotiable starting points to spur the imagination. While both methods are familiar to experienced writers, it is up to the reader to decide which yields the best harvest.

We Grew Tales is excellent for:

  • Book clubs
  • Writing groups
  • Readers with an appetite for something new around every corner

The Opposite of CoronavirusWilderness House Literary Review

Eat ThisHobart

Evolution, AcceleratedBlue Lake Review

Twelve Writing Secrets of Jennifer SteilThe Writers Workshop Review

The Moisture Festival: Outliers and OdditiesHowlRound

Susan has also published nonfiction articles in Marketer and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

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