Writer

Susan Saiter Sullivan is a novelist, journalist and educator.  Born in Michigan, she graduated from the University of Michigan and began her career in the Midwest, writing about migrant workers and horses for The New York Times and The Columbus Dispatch Sunday Magazine. After a stint as editor of an education journal and teaching foreign languages, she became managing editor of The Evanston Review.  Deadline news reporting experience came from work as a stringer for The New York Times' Chicago Bureau, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and a freelance writer for numerous magazines and newspapers. After moving to New York City, she wrote her first two novels and continued to write for The New York Times. As she got to know Long Island, where she spent summers with her husband and daughters, she focused on horses, dogs and wildlife, as well as on the active Hamptons social scene. Another favorite topic was travel writing; she is pictured at the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux, France.

 

ABOUT

FICTION

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. When she was in high school, protagonist, Crosby, wanted to be a cheerleader, which meant not being nice to "uncool" people. Her brother is diagnosed as schizophrenic and haunts her into adulthood as she's about to enter law school.

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How can two positives, super-smart and super-sexy, add up to one negative? In Moira's hometown you had to fit neatly into a category. The science geek finds an identity at Columbia University during the student protests when a charismatic leader seduces her physically and intellectually.

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Articles

ANIMALS

Photo: Sonny Kleinfield

Pip goes to France to practice what he (and we handlers) learned in canine good citizen class in Southampton with his buddy, Bundles. 

Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans

NEWS THEN AND NOW

ARTS AND LEISURE

EEDUCATION

Picture perfect days for watching horses. Above with Harley Langberg, right with Kevin Nicholas, below Samantha Kleinfield.

PROFILES

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WHAT'S IN A NAME

Susan Mary Sullivan was born at 1 a.m. in the rural Michigan town of Alma. Her great-grandmother, instantly bestowed with an honorary degree in nursing, was the only one there to sign the birth certificate. When the family moved to South Dakota, she was nicknamed Susie. While in fourth grade, she shone as the class artist, specializing in horses. When they studied pioneers, she was chosen to be artistic director of a mural portraying cowboys and horse-drawn wagons heading west. No one else, anyway, wanted to draw anything but sagebrush and clouds. Fame arrived early when the Sioux Falls Argus Leader ran a photo of her grinning in front of the masterpiece, wearing her brother's Davy Crockett coonskin cap. As happens to horse-crazy girls, her focus changed in middle school from horses to supermodels, in the form of paper dolls. Stories needed to be told about them. The result was a short story about teenaged quintuplets who were so out-of-the world beautiful that they disrupted traffic on their way home from school. She wrote it in the back row of science class. Amazed that her best friend actually read it, Susie added a sequel, which got passed around the class, as did further episodes. Of course, the stories ended up on the desk of the teacher, Mr. Glass, who filed them in the waste basket full of litmus paper. When she finished college and turned to journalism, editors thought “Susan” more dignified a name. Along the way, she acquired the last name of Saiter from her first husband. With her first novel, she wanted her early fans back home to know she was up and running again as a fiction writer, and so she inserted Sullivan between Susan and Saiter in her byline. Now married to N.R. “Sonny” Kleinfield, she felt it seemed best to flip the surnames and become Susan Saiter Sullivan. O.K, it’s complicated. Women are allowed to be that.

P.S. She got a well-deserved D in science. And she still adores horses and other animals, and pretty clothes and writing about them.

Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans
Photo: Alex Cretey Systermans
 

REPORTING

On the scene

 

CONTACT

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For inquiries, contact my literary agent:  Deborah Hofmann at DHofmann@dblackagency.com