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Susan Juby

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I was raised in Smithers, BC, Canada and lived there until I moved to Toronto at age 20. I had a brief and unsuccessful career as a fashion design student and, after I worked at a series of low paying jobs, such as server, record store employee, etc., I began a degree in English Literature at University of Toronto, which I finished at the University of British Columbia. After graduating I became an editor at a self-help/how-to book publishing company based in Vancouver. Later, I did a master’s degree in publishing.

When I was a kid I wrote fiction but gave it up for a life of crime. Okay, that’s not true, but I did get seriously sidetracked. That time in my life is the subject of my memoir, "Nice Recovery". When I was twent
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Thanks for the question! The idea came to me when I was working on another novel. I was brought up short when I realized that I was using big…more
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Thanks for the question! The idea came to me when I was working on another novel. I was brought up short when I realized that I was using big chunks of the personal story of someone close to me. I abandoned that book and began thinking about who owns true stories, and what that means for artists and writers and family members. It's so tempting to draw on the stories of the people close to us. Sometimes that's fine. And sometimes, it's really not. I'm also interested in so called "open secrets" and the things we think we know about others but never mention to the people themselves. So much of our social interaction is based on maintaining a polite silence. Getting honest with one another is risky. The truth in general is fascinating and fraught territory. (less)
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“In the future if my mother tries to shame me with her disapproval, I will let her know in no uncertain terms that I reject her and all of her codependent baggage. I am Codependent No More.”
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“If the facts don't fit your theory, just find some new facts.”
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“Maybe careers aren’t something you can really plan for. They just sort of happen, like brown eyes or flat feet. I took one of those career aptitude tests last year, and it showed that I should be a flight attendant or a seamstress. Not a fashion designer or anything, mind you, but a sweatshop worker. Apparently stewardesses and sweatshop workers and I enjoy a lot of the same interests and activities.”
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