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Susan Hasler grew up in rural Virginia surrounded by pets of all description. She earned degrees in Russian language and literature from the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkeley. She spent 21 years at the Central Intelligence Agency working in various jobs from Soviet analyst to speechwriter for the Director of Central Intelligence. She worked in the Counterterrorism Center before, during, and after 911. She mined this experience in her first novel, Intelligence, published in 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. She went back to the early days of the CIA for the setting of her second novel Project HALFSHEEP, published in 2014.


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Susan Hasler In life, you can only go down one path. As a writer, you can go down a hundred paths and follow them to their end.
Susan Hasler Working at the CIA destroyed my susceptibility to writer's block. Both as an analyst and later as a speechwriter, I had to write fast and meet…moreWorking at the CIA destroyed my susceptibility to writer's block. Both as an analyst and later as a speechwriter, I had to write fast and meet deadlines. The deadline was often close of business. I didn't get to go home until I finished writing my piece (and then running it through the review process). I liked to go home at a decent hour, so I learned to order my thoughts and get them on paper fast. Writer's block was never something I could afford.(less)
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