Novelist Susan Doherty Hannaford: Bearing Witness, Bearing Light


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I love stories of transformation.

They show how our dreams keep us vital and remind us that creativity is truly ageless.

My friend and teacher, Mary Morrissey, often quotes mystic Hildegard of Bingen in encouraging each of us to live on the “green growing edge” of our own becoming.

This week’s guest on Creative Calls, Susan Doherty Hannaford, exemplifies what it is to live on that edge.

Susan is a woman with a diverse professional background. Ever guided by her devotion to family and service, Susan bravely heeded a call to become a fiction writer at mid-life. Recently, she stepped into her new role as the author of a successful debut novel, A Secret Music.

I had an opportunity to speak with Susan about her journeys on and off the page. In our interview, she elaborates on the subject of mental illness which continues to drive her research and volunteerism, and to ignite her passion for writing. Susan also shares on some of the joys and particular challenges of the creative process.

Enjoy the podcast!

My thanks to Susan for speaking so openly about her subject and process, and to Katie McBride for Creative Calls music and technical support.


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2 thoughts on “Novelist Susan Doherty Hannaford: Bearing Witness, Bearing Light”

  1. I have a brother with schizophrenia and was very pleased to hear about Susan’s novel and her community service in the mental health field.

    Catharine Fitton

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