This Is Scripture

Susan DeFMonday MuseLeave a Comment

I have dabbled in New Age spirituality, Buddhism, and Christianity in my life, but my true religion is poetry. I converted to it when I was seventeen, at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where I was given a book called Contemporary American Poetry, the fifth edition. It is a book that contains multitudes—to me, it is a grimoire, a codex, a … Read More

New Year, New Project!

Susan DeFBook NewsLeave a Comment

One year ago, I launched a Patreon campaign to support the launch of my debut novel, Hot Season. Now–365 days, 12 book events, and 1 book tour later–I’m embarking on a new adventure: Dream Studies. These 12 speculative tales will blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy while intersecting with issues related to race, gender, class, and the environment. One … Read More

The Story Behind the Story: In Blackwater Woods

Susan DeFThe Story Behind the StoryLeave a Comment

This month, I released the first installment of a spooky new YA short story, “In Blackwater Woods,” to my Patreon subscribers–just in time for Halloween. The story has some things in common with the Netflix series Stranger Things, but I swear I wrote it before the show came out! Call it the zeitgeist–or writers of a certain age waxing nostalgic in dark fantasy. … Read More