The Divorce Expert!
Susan Shofer is an author, divorce expert, and speaker with many stories to draw upon. She brings a quick wit and humor to her presentations alongside a positive outlook for any situation no matter how bleak it may seem.
As a divorce and custody ally, Susan helped many women and men navigate the troubled waters of a family breakup by sharing her own organized and pragmatic approach to the divorce process.
Susan has a master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. She has over twenty years’ experience as an agency licensed private investigator with emphasis on corporation investigations that included fraud, workers compensation, and insurance liability fraud investigations. Her personal experience and expertise in Parental Alienation as a licensed private investigator gives her a unique ability to instructor attorneys on how to approach and tackle it including how to recognize it early to mitigate it before it starts.
Susan Shofer successfully crossed her own highly contentious divorce and post-divorce battle and was triumphant in her fight against Parental Alienation. Despite that long, contentious journey she now has an amicable relationship with her ex-husband. She is a single mother to her two thriving children, both in college.
Enjoy our interview with Sudan Shofer and don’t miss the podcast at the end of the article.
What is my writing Kryptonite?
I can go on and on about my writing Kryptonite but if I had to narrow it down to one thing it would be — How to make my point concise and not ramble on.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections to each book?
I want each book to stand on its own accord, although my readers could benefit from reading all of my books. The overall theme is divorce. Two of the books are guidebooks. One book, coming out later this year or in early 2020, will be my memoir.
If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
My younger self never considered writing a book. However, if I had to tell the young Susan anything about writing, it would be that you must be passionate about your topic. Without passion it, I think it is impossible to write. I don’t think I could write about anything that I did not either love or be immersed in the subject matter/story.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I learned a lot about the process of editing and the importance of a good editor. The written product can always benefit from another set of eyes.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
One unpublished – my memoir. Half finished – Parental alienation guide
What does literary success look like to you?
When readers thank me for giving me information that made their journey of divorce easier, eliminated or reduced parental alienation or made them feel as though all was not hopeless.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with a wad or good ones?
It’s not easy to ignore reviews. However, the real reviews that matter to me are those from the readers. It is the reader that I want to serve.
What did you edit out of this book?
About 100 pages – literally. It is a guidebook for going through the divorce process. I want to make it a seamless process and approach the steps in a comprehensive manner. The additional hundred pages felt like too much. Making life easier is not about more pages and more work. A person going through a divorce is already exhausted and overwhelmed. They don’t need more work.
Susan Shofer at a Taste Of Ink LIVE with C. Stene Duckworth
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