In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, It was such a joy to talk with author Susan Ito, whose captivating memoir I Would Meet You Anywhere came out a few months ago. If you're curious about the differences between writing a memoir and writing fiction that is based loosely on real life, I think Susan's insights will be incredibly useful to you.

She shared:

  • The ways that her book evolved over the years, beginning as her MFA thesis.
  • A comment comparing her to Frank McCourt that left her upset and indignant early on in her writing project.
  • How she had to trick herself to keep writing her book.
  • The benefit of working with a small academic publisher.
  • When she knew it was finally time to release her book into the world.

I loved hearing her share about what finally got her to commit to a deadline after decades of working on her book!

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About Susan: Susan Ito is the author of the memoir, I Would Meet You Anywhere, out from the Ohio State University Press in November 2023. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in The Writer, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen,The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma, was produced at Brava Theater. She is a member of the Writers’ Grotto, and teaches at the Mills College campus of Northeastern University and Bay Path University. She is a co-organizer of Rooted and Written, a writing workshop for writers of color. Connect with her on IG at @thesusanito