A Conversation with Susan Conley

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
October, 2013

Susan Conley is a novelist, creative writing professor and memoirist. Her novel Paris Was the Place was an Amazon Fall Big Books Pick for fiction. In 2007, Susan and her husband relocated their family to Beijing for a two and a half year stint. Susan’s memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune, chronicles her family’s move to Beijing, a cross-cultural odyssey through modern China. She currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program and is the Jack Kerouac Visiting Writer at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She talked to Mark about how stories come to her and consume her in the years it takes to finish a book.
 

 

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Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally. He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends.