Susan Rebecca White On The MFA in Creative Writing + Book Clubs + Authors and Social Media

susan rebecca whiteName: Susan Rebecca White
Author’s Website , Facebook, Twitter
Hometown: Atlanta, GA USA
Based In: Atlanta
Education: BA Brown University, MFA Hollins University
Briefly: Author of:
A Place at the Table
A Soft Place to Land
Bound South

Essays in The Huffington Post, Tin House magazine (forthcoming), The Bitter Southerner
Favorite Read: Hard to choose one, but The Confederacy of Dunces always makes me laugh, and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird teaches me something new about writing each time I read it. I also love Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety.
Pet Peeves: People who text / check their cell phones at the dinner table.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…A high school English teacher or a caterer.
Author Crush: Ann Patchett
Fiction or General Publishing How-To Book I’d Recommend: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, On Writing by Steven King.
Up Next: A novel about college roommates in the mid 1960s whose lives go in very different directions during America’s counter-culture revolution. Also, I’m working on a lot of personal essays, motivated by the fact that I am pregnant and thinking about all sorts of things in regards to raising my baby.

Relax your mind for a bit. And think. What’s the earliest book-related memory that comes to mind?

Having my mom or dad read the line “goodnight mush” over and over again from the children’s classic Goodnight Moon. At age four, the thought of saying goodnight to the oatmeal was hilarious to me.

How do you react when you find yourself experiencing writer’s block while writing a book?

I get really self-critical and Continue reading