Biography of Susan L. Paré
Susan Lee Paré is the third (and middle child) of Arthur and Ruth Paré. She was born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in April 1939.
Susan was about to start 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.”
Susan Worked numerous jobs throughout the years, mostly in accounting, until she retired in 2002 and 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 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. I may be over eighty, but, my mind is still sharp and I’m hoping to write as long as I can."
“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, 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, two grandsons, and a beautiful great grand-daughter.