Susanne Dutton is a Philadelphian writing fiction and poetry, and looking forward to Propertius Press’ late May 2021 publication of her new novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Remaining Improbable.
She’s the one who hid during high school gym, produced an alternative newspaper and exchanged notes in Tolkien’s Elfish language with her few friends. While earning her B.A. in English, she drove a shabby Ford Falcon with a changing array of homemade bumper strips: Art for Art’s Sake, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Free Bosie from the Scorn of History. Later, her interests in myth and depth psychology led to graduate and postgraduate degrees in counseling.
Nowadays, having outlived her mortgage and her professional counseling life, she aims herself at her desk most days; where she tangles with whatever story she can’t get out of her head. Those stories tend to seat readers within pinching distance of her characters, who, like most of us, slide at times from real life to fantasy and back. A man with Alzheimer’s sets out alone for his childhood home. A girl realizes she’s happier throwing away her meals than eating them. A woman burgles her neighbors in order to stay in the neighborhood.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Susanne grew up in the SF Bay Area, has two grown children, and lives with her husband in an old Philadelphia house, built of the stones dug from the ground where it sits.
Other work has been seen in Persimmon Tree, Bards and Sage’s latest speculative fiction anthology, Zimbell House’s The Neighbor’s Anthology, Milk Sugar Literature, Main Street Rag Anthology, Depth Insights E-zine, Kakalak Poetry and SUNY’s new Unruly Catholic Women Writers, a finalist in the 2014 ALA Foreword Award for best anthology.