May 23rd, 2008 14:24 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Susan Schaab, Author of Wearing the Spider
My yearning to write has been the eternal elephant in the room, but it was, until the end of the nineties, ignored as I worked long hours during two different careers. The pure joy of creating stories was instilled in me as a child by my paternal grandmother, whom I physically and temperamentally resemble, I`m told. She was never able to see any of her writings published, but she introduced me to my muse, while sitting at her Formica-topped kitchen table. Her inspiration looms, but as I said, it took many years before I was ready to tune out the distractions and embrace it.
I am an attorney who, for more than eight years, practiced technology and intellectual property law with various firms and as in-house counsel in New York, Texas and California. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and utilized my degree and my concentrated studies in software development to establish myself as a systems programmer, designer and consultant in Dallas, Texas. In 1989, I sat in my first law school class in California wondering if I`d made a huge mistake, borrowing tens of thousands of dollars to move to an unfamiliar place away from friends and family to seek a Juris Doctor degree. But I loved the study of law, always reading more than required by my professors.
And then an opening in my law school`s "study abroad program in London became available during the fall semester of 1990, offering the chance for adventure (or misadventure). While there, I secured an arrangement to work in Paris the next summer as an unpaid stagiaire in a small international French firm. I graduated from law school in 1992 when the economy was not so welcoming to fresh graduates and slowly built a legal career, ending up in New York, servicing mostly corporate clients, utilizing my technical knowledge to negotiate software and Internet-related deals. I still maintain my licenses to practice in New York, Texas, California and Washington D.C. even though I`m not currently practicing law.
My first novel in its initial form emerged during those early years after some late nights at the computer, although I told few people other than my husband what I was doing. In 2002, I attended a workshop for lawyers writing legal fiction. That same year, I was also accepted into the Summer Seminar for Writers at Sarah Lawrence College, but I was unable to attend due to unexpected obligations at the time.
After completing the first draft of Wearing the Spider, and sending it through its initial round of rejections, I hired a former Doubleday editor who not only helped me rework my manuscript, but gave me an expansive education about novel writing in general. I have three more book ideas resonating in the back of my mind and I hope to continue learning and developing as a novelist.
To contact Susan:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galavant Press, LLC
P.O. Box 636
New Canaan, Connecticut 06840