About Susan Beth Miller

Susan Beth Miller lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is the author of two novels, A Beautiful Land (Boyle&Dalton, 2021) and Indigo Rose (Bantam 2004), as well as a number of psychology books: The Shame Experience; Shame in Context; Disgust: the gatekeeper emotion; When Parents Have Problems: a book for teens and older children who have a disturbed or difficult parent; and Emotions of Menace and Enchantment: horror, disgust, awe, and fascination.

Thoughts on Fundamentalism and Fiction

 [H]is mind [was] soaked and sodden with sorrow, or dry and brittle with the hopelessness that comes from knowing too little and feeling too much (so brittle, so dry he is in danger of the reverse: feeling nothing and knowing everything). Toni Morrison (Jazz) Post # 3 I did some thinking about fundamentalism in preparation for a podcast with Doug Wheeler who is host of From the Belly and a wonderful interviewer, and with Charles Strozier, who has written many excellent books, including two on fundamentalism. My thoughts about fundamentalism flow from my practice as a psychologist but even more [...]

By |2022-01-09T03:23:30+00:00December 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My novel A Beautiful Land is published now and starting to get a few reviews. Lately, I’ve been working on a new novel but also taking breaks from words to do some painting. I’ve been preoccupied with my newish rescue dog, Sylvie, because, frankly, she is a handful; she comes with a boatload of behavioral problems. Luckily, she is also a bundle of affection and charm. Since I’ve been focused on her, I’ve tried to paint her a few times in watercolor. Here are efforts one, two, and three. Now I’m going to pick up some acrylic paints and try [...]

By |2021-12-11T00:03:57+00:00December 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Cultural Appropriation and Fiction

Post #2 A Beautiful Land. That is my new book about a land that is physically beautiful but often far from beautiful as a place to live one's life. I’ve spent years working on this book, though the work was intertwined with other projects. During these years, a storm blew up in the literary world concerning what  is known as ‘cultural appropriation.’ I’m caught in the storm. I’m not complaining. I put myself there. Though I’m from the US, I set my book in Africa because my heart and curiosity were moved by stories I read about the genocide in East Africa [...]

By |2021-11-08T21:06:03+00:00November 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On blogging

This is my first effort at a blog post so I am a bit anxious. Noting that, and being a clinical psychologist, I thought I would reflect a bit on anxiety and the writing process. Anxiety often results from fears of being exposed as foolish, untalented, presumptuous or having some other flaw of character or performance. We may not identify what’s making us anxious but if we do and it’s something about us that might not look okay when seen by others, it’s a straight shot from such exposure to shame, a topic I’ve written quite a lot about [...]

By |2021-11-08T21:06:22+00:00September 1st, 2021|blogging|0 Comments
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