Susan Denning

Susan Denning

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Following graduation from college, I worked in three different mayoral administrations for City of New York. My jobs primarily focused on civil rights and women’s issues. In 1979, I was instrumental in starting the nation’s first Sexual Harassment Prevention and Complaint Program. In the early 80s, I produced an award winning radio show on women’s issues for WNYC. When I left the City of New York, I counseled abused women and taught political science and history at a local college. In 2011, I published the novel FAR AWAY HOME, about a young woman who left New York City in 1868 to start a new life in Utah. Up to that time, most of my writing focused on professional journals and texts. When I ventured into fiction, I wrote short stories. One received honorable mention in a NOW short story contest and was published in "Creative Woman". The novel began as a chapter for a history book. I conducted my research in the American west for three years; I even drove a covered wagon (check out the Youtube video on the FAR AWAY HOME page at When the history book project dissolved, I used my research to form an historical novel. As a self-published, unknown author, I never imagined anyone would read FAR AWAY HOME. But tens of thousands of readers did. Tantor Media took notice and on August 18th, 2015, they released the audiobook version. To my great surprise, many readers requested the next chapter of Aislynn's story. I am pleased to announce the sequel is now available. EMBRACE THE WIND, an Historical Novel of the American West: Aislynn's Story- Book 2 debuted in March 2017. FAR AWAY HOME and the sequel, EMBRACE THE WIND, have become popular book club reads. Discussion questions are available on my webpage- I am also available to Zoom into book club meetings. Write to me at with your request.
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