these years later, she is just as pleased by the October 2010
release of her first illustrated book for children, A No-Fuss
Christmas. It is a depression-era story. The plucky protagonist's
yearning for relief from the stark poverty of those times gives
the book a poignant authenticity.
to Susan's grandchildren, A No-Fuss Christmas was a labor
of love. "My mother is from upright salt-of-the-earth Oklahomans
who endured the hardships of those hard times and kept their sweetness,"
says Susan of her maternal grandparents and great aunts.
Susan is working on a collection of stories inspired by young
Kenyans in West Pokot, Africa.