Biography of Susan L. Pare’
Susan Lee Pare’ is the third (and middle child) of Arthur and Ruth Pare’. She was born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in April 1939.
Susan was about to start the fifth grade when her family moved to Columbus, Wisconsin. By then, Susan had lived in Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Obviously, her father was a traveling man.
Susan settled into the small town way of living and (thanks to her father finally staying put long enough in one town) graduated from Columbus High School in 1957. “High school was the best time of my life,” Susan often tells people. “Learning came easy to me, so I focused on the social aspects which made it fun.”
After graduation, Susan moved to Madison where she worked for an insurance company. In 1958, she married and started her new career as a wife and mother. She was (and still is) a wonderful mother, but she learned early on that a good marriage also takes a good husband, which she didn’t have. So, in 1967, out the door went husband number one. “The only good thing that came out of that marriage was my three
wonderful boys,” Susan declared.Susan then moved to Illinois with her three sons - Bruce, Jon, and Perry – got a job and proceeded to raise her family. She worked as a secretary/accountant for the next nineteen years. In 1994, she went to work as the corporate accountant for a real estate firm in Palatine, IL
When Susan retired in 2002, she moved to Branson, MO. When she almost stepped on a scorpion walking across her bathroom floor, she decided it was time to move back up north to be closer to her family.
In 2012, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now seven years in remission and considers herself to be blessed.
In 2014, she wrote a short book for her family about growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s, called “Blueberries and Bears and my Brother’s Shoes.” She wanted her boys to know what life was like when she was growing up. Her family enjoyed it and encouraged her to continue writing. Susan didn’t need much encouragement. She had the writing bug. So, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. Although a little concerned about not having a formal education in writing, she gave it a go. And, a new career was born.
“I love writing,” Susan said. “I love the characters that show up in my head. I love that it gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I know I’m not the best writer in the world, but I also know I’m not the worst. I think I’ve improved a lot since my first book. I love my readers and fans and, with their support, I’m going to do this as long as I can. What the hell? I just turned eighty. I’m still young, my mind still functions fairly well, and I’m hoping to write a few more books.”
“I could say that life has been hard, and in some ways it has. Most lives are hard work. However, I do believe it’s been my sense of humor that has kept me going through the good times and the bad times. Just like ‘Old Blue Eyes’ sang, I, too, did it my way,” she added with a smile.
Susan now resides in Highland, IN and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her three sons and two grandsons.