Writing Portfolio

Below are sample clips highlighting various areas of my work. Some were both print and digital media, while others were digital only.  I look forward to possibly working with you. If you’re interested in partnering, contact me via email at susanna.shetley@gmail.com.

Published Books:

The Jolt Felt Around the World

Newspaper Columns:

Songbirds, Stars and the Fourth of July 

Raising boys against the grain 

Celebrating a pivotal year 

We’ve been here before… sort of 

A heavy heart on Mother’s Day 

Cocooning just isn’t easy for some 

Finding Easter in the COVID-19 era 

Like a virus, emotions are contagious 

Helping kids keep out some of the noise 

Lessons learned from a bird of prey 

Changing the world one book at a time 

Yellow blazes and Skip-Bo

Becoming mindful in a chaotic world 

Twelve commandments for the New Year 

Downsizing Christmas, meaningful memories 

Food and exercise make good medicine 

A winding plot to a published children’s book 

So this is 40 

When life comes full circle

What living well means to me

She comes with the hummingbirds 

Drinking in the memories at the beach

Climate change is in our children’s hands 

Potential life lessons of burlesque dancing 

The magic of New York City 

A bucket list full of dreams 

Remembering Riley as a seventh grader, during teacher appreciation week 

You can’t please them all 

A time of waiting and yearning 

Learning to live with intention 

Great schools, staff are community assets 

Sandburg’s words are needed now more than ever 

First the boots, then the heavy lifting 

Far reaching consequences of the shutdown 

My personal happiness project for 2019 

Creating an honest path to gratitude 

Finding anchors in seasons of change 

Thoughts on Thanksgiving and tradition 

Learning to connect with the other world 

Finding inspiration in banned books 

Raising boys and respecting women 

Nevertheless, she persisted 

My mission: outer order, inner calm 

Friday night lights, then and now 

Grief is love’s souvenir 

My eyes and heart open after Mexico trip

Thoughts on water and traditions during the holiday

Moms, remember to breathe it all in

Finding inspiration in the backwoods of WNC

Life is too short for cheap beer, bad coffee

An unexpected triathlon journey

Hello darlin’, nice to see you

There are more than cornfields in the Midwest

From beauty pageants to soccer fields

For me, there is real joy in solitude

An escape into a magical world

A once happy week now darkened

Traditions help us deal with change, loss

A community that is truly stronger together

It’s called The Open Door, so come on in

Finding my way in this season of change

The before and after-living with grief

God really does work in mysterious ways

Keep life simple and family close

The bugle never stops

Finally got a tattoo, and it’s raising a few eyebrows

Donald Trump, you haven’t fooled me

On being a columnist for a small-town newspaper

Magazine Features (all following features initially appeared in print)

Grandfather Mountain: Where Wonders Never Cease (Smoky Mountain Living June/July 2020)

Biking, Hiking and Gliding: Some of Burke County’s Funky Fun (Smoky Mountain Living February/March 2020)

The Magic of Mushrooms (Smoky Mountain Living February/March 2020)

We’re All Ghosts (Smoky Mountain Living October/November 2019 issue)

Palate, Nose and Soul (Smoky Mountain Living June/July 2019 issue)

Henderson County, North Carolina: A Place You’ll Remember (Smoky Mountain Living April/May 2019 issue)

Young Riders (Smoky Mountain Living February/March 2019 issue)

Wisdom Through Herbs (Smoky Mountain Living December/January 2019 issue)

More Than a Sting (Smoky Mountain Living August/September 2018 issue)

A Weekend Getaway at Wilderness at the Smokies (Smoky Mountain Living April/May 2018 issue)

We Love Coffee (Smoky Mountain Living Feb./March 2018 issue)

Experience Decadent Truffles in the Smokies (Smoky Mountain Living Feb./March 2018 issue)

Green Energy Powers the Arts (Smoky Mountain Living Oct./Nov. 2017 issue)

Beyond the marionette: Life as a master puppeteer (Smoky Mountain Living-Feb./March 2016 issue)

Furniture Consignment Industry Adds to the Allure of WNC (The Laurel of Asheville-July 2016 ed.)

Sustaining the Meaning of Full Circle (Plough to Pantry-Spring 2016 ed.)

Lake Junaluska Discover 2016 Magazine (contributing writer on several pieces)

Program Teaches Kids Dollars & Common Sense (WNC Parent Magazine)

Sports for Tots (WNC Parent Magazine)

First Birthdays: You Only Turn 1 Once (WNC Parent Magazine)

Asheville Moms Make Their Own Baby Food (WNC Parent Magazine)

Transitioning from Preschool to Big School (WNC Parent Magazine)

Travel Writing 

5 Reasons to travel to Wilmington, N.C. (Nov. 2019)

Nashville, TN (Oct. 2019)

Fun adulting in NYC (May 2019)

The magic of New York City (May 2019)

Disney Dream Cruise: Thoughts and Tips from a First Timer (April 2019)

In need of a vacation? Meet Amanda Henderson from Time to Travel (May 2019)

Henderson County, North Carolina: A Place You’ll Remember (Smoky Mountain Living April/May 2019 issue)

Always a fun time in DC (October 2018)

Weekend getaway in Hendersonville, N.C. (October 2018)

Pros and Cons of a Solo Parenting Vacay (August 2018)

My eyes and heart open after Mexico trip (July 2018)

A Weekend Getaway at Wilderness at the Smokies (Smoky Mountain Living April/May 2018 issue)

Fun on the Waterfront: Old Town Alexandria (June 2017)

Tips for Traveling to Washington, DC with Kids (June 2017)

More than cornfields in the Midwest (March 2017)

Disney Tips & Tricks Not Found on My Disney Experience (February 2017)

6 Tips to Riding THE POLAR EXPRESS (December 2014)

Web Content:

Braemar Kitchen and Bath

Haywood Healthcare Foundation

Joelle Allen

Parenting Blog (Editor/Founder):

Zealous Mom

Ongoing Blogging (monthly)

Braemar Kitchen and Bath (link to blog homepage)

Featured Blogger:

8 Strategies to Foster Early Math SkillsParenting Magazine

Water Balloon FunDisney’s Spoonful

Guest Blogger:

Fun Halloween Monster CraftMom it Forward

Packing it Bento-StyleGo Grow Go

Traveling with Tots-If Only They’d Told Me

Education Columns

Learning with Music

How to Boost Brain Power

Building Early Literacy Skills

Back to School Already?

Good-bye, Worksheets

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Parenting Columns/Articles

Family Budget Woes

Staying Active in the Cold

Springtime=Happy Mommy

Back to School

The First Graduation

Dates with My Boys

Technology: Then and Now

The Magic of Christmas

Newspaper Articles

Junaluska Elementary empowers male students 

Community conversation focuses on homelessness in Haywood County

Mountain Faith on America’s Got Talent

Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers

Why Date Nights Matter

Highlighting Early Literacy During Children’s Book Week

Staycation or Vacation

WMS Students Pack Shower Kits for Haywood Pathways Center

Feed the Need Campaign Begins

‘Dualing’ Birthdays

Press Releases

Karma Tequila Partners with Atlanta Falcons

Long’s Chapel Easter 2015 press release

Where Hearts Lie Independent Film








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