A Hoosier since age 13, Susan Lawson hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Butler University in Indianapolis. She and her husband Chris live in Greenwood (suburban Indianapolis) with an energetic tabby cat named Maisie.
Susan has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a high school English and journalism instructor, and a communications supervisor and specialist in the PR department of a Fortune 500 company. She also owned her own writing and graphics design business for 10 years before switching gears to lead creative writing seminars for adults using the Amherst Writers and Artists method.
Her philosophy of blogging can best be summed up in a post she wrote for BoHo Home entitled How Pinterest Saved My Life. It’s a celebration of the importance of beauty in every life and the power even a photograph of something beautiful has to enrich and inspire.
Susan’s fiction, poems, and writing prompts have appeared on various websites and in a variety of journals, as well as on her seldom updated literary blog. Her nonfiction and creative nonfiction has been published in Indianapolis Monthly, the Indianapolis Star and various regional and trade publications. She also authored all of the business histories and features for Indianapolis: Leading the Way (Urban Tapestry Series, Towery 2000).
In what she now calls her “former life,” Susan was active for more than a decade in the International Association of Business Communicators and served in leadership roles at local, regional and international levels. She earned IABC’s accredited business communicator designation (ABC) in 1993, and in 1998 IABC/Indy named her its “Communicator of theYear.” Under her leadership, her local chapter earned recognition as mid-size chapter of the year. She’s given a variety of presentations throughout the IABC organization on how to recruit and inspire volunteers.
Through the years Susan has also served on the boards of Fresh Start of Indiana and the Central Indiana Friends of Jung and on PR/marketing committees for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Storytelling Arts of Indiana, the Indiana Arthritis Foundation, and the National Glaucoma Foundation.
She loves everything cat, all things pun, long ago committed the Associated Press Stylebook to memory, and only very recently learned not to take life quite so seriously. Her motto is, “Play more, cry less,” and she thanks you for your attention.