Susan O’Dea Boland launched her website, Shestories, over 25,000 visitors ago. Her first book, Put Some Mayo on That, was published in 2014. Boland graduated from The New School in New York City with her Bachelor of Arts after having attended the University of London for an extended two-year study abroad. She also holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and her terminal degree is a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Susan’s life as a navy-wife placed her in an endless series of unusual places surrounded by uncommon people. Her role as a navy-wife-mother to two sons often left her a single parent in the oddest of circumstances. Her career teaching English as a Second Language at Tidewater Community College put her in the regular company of a diverse group of the most remarkable students from, literally, every continent on the planet. Susan’s overseas experiences, most especially in the west of Ireland, continue to deeply inform her writing. And as the youngest sibling in a large extended family, Susan writes about the many aspects of family life that both challenge and delight us. Finally, the most recent addition to Shestories is a section devoted to her book reviews. Most of her posts are within 500 words for today’s busy reader, but there are also feature stories that tackle a topic in more depth.
So, take a look around Shestories, and leave a comment! Susan will get back to you.