The Tender Center of the Story

I was just interviewed for the You Tube podcast Ask an Author.

Andrea Wilson Woods is the podcast host and she was supportive, kind, and skillful at helping me explore the spiritual, psychological, and emotional center of Blood Brother: A Memoir. 

Thank you, Andrea. You are a real professional.

Here is the link to the You Tube podcast. I hope you enjoy the journey.


Moments of Celebration. Moments of Despair.

Susan Keller in conversation with Andrea Wilson Woods

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What was your worst moment? Your best moment?

How do you look at your life differently now than before your illness?

What is the one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of your cancer journey?


From the Fit for Joy Podcast with Valeria Teles

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Here are some of the questions:

What is life to you?

At this time, what is the purpose of your life?

What is healing to you?

What is the meaning of freedom? And so many more!

From a Presentation at Stanford Medical Center January 25, 2022

I was invited by Dr. Lidia Schapira of Stanford Medical Center to address the topic of why, after 16 years, my oncologist still calls me her Miracle Patient. Click here for a recording of my presentation.

From a Presentation at Dominican University

January 11,2022

San Rafael, CA

Writing & Healing Resources:

The Bright Hour, by Nina Riggs– A phenomenal cancer memoir

Bo Bogatin, Literary Attorney

Publisher’s Marketplace

AuthorBytes, website builder


Must do steps to get traditionally published, aired 12-23-2021.

Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, primarily discusses marketing.

The author Kevin Barhydt discusses writing and healing, aired 11-11-2021. Megan Falley discusses poetry and non-fiction, aired 1-6-22
Marion Roach Smith primarily discusses craft.  

I would advise against On-Line Book I paid them $197 for a review and it was a waste of money. I got a great review, “a resounding 4 out of 4 stars,” but that went on Amazon as a 4-star review and has pulled my overall ranking down. The other reason to avoid this group is that they have very little reach, much to the contrary of their marketing claims.


  • Do you have something inside that you are burning up to say, to talk about?
  • All jobs are goldmines for fiction, or nonfiction.
  • Don’t quit your day job. It might provide you with copy for your next novel or memoir.
  • Don’t take the advice to specialize.
  • Read the “Paris Review” interviews for great writing advice.