Author Archives: Susan Bernhard

About Susan Bernhard

Susan Donovan Bernhard is a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship recipient, a GrubStreet Novel Incubator alum, and a bookseller at Belmont Books in Belmont, MA. Her debut novel, WINTER LOON, is forthcoming from Little A, December 1, 2018. She lives with her husband and two children near Boston.

Making Amends for Getting it Wrong

I’m going to be honest: I’m a little afraid right now. As I approach this third rail, know that I do so from a position of humility. This is one ignoramus’s developing story of how I’m learning not to be…

To A Troubled Writer on Thanksgiving

I’m going to keep this short so you can get back to your turkey, your pumpkin pie, your pinot noir, your attempts to ignore your racist uncle, back to the bathroom where you hide to regain your composure and your…

That Name Rings a Bell

Like a lot of writers, I have a little notebook where I jot down stuff that pops into my head. Sometimes it’s an idea or phrase. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a single word. For instance, the last note I…

Tunnel Syndrome

I’ve struggled recently with two different sorts of tunnel syndrome. The first type is affecting the nerves in my elbows and hands. My husband, not a doctor, says it’s carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, stiffness and a sensation…