The Writers

Corporate dropout Susan Nye writes about food, family, green living and small business for magazines throughout New England. She blogs about food on Around the Table and records the year in pictures on Susan Nye 365. Susan is the woman behind the camera taking seasonal photographs for the Live to Write – Write to Live postcard header.


Lisa_2015Lisa J. Jackson is a business writer and blogger, communications director for a NH LinkedIn Networking group with over 5,200 members; regional journalist; feature writer; and an independent editor. She is passionate about working with individuals and businesses wanting to put their best words forward.

She loves writing about anything related to do with New England (particularly New Hampshire) and enjoying life on her terms. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook, connect with her on LinkedIn, or check out her web site,

She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton and has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews. She is also on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom, a 5-time recipient of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers, where she gets to chat with writing professionals on a weekly basis — and you can too!

During her 20+ years in the corporate world, she obtained her MBA and then an MA in writing. She is currently a member of the mystery writers and readers organization, Sisters in Crime, and is part of the national membership committee. She is also a member and board member of Sisters in Crime New England and the New England Crime Bake conference for mystery writers and readers.


JME5670V2smCROP2In 2007, after fifteen years in the agency world, Jamie Wallace went out on her own as a freelance writer and content marketer. She works with her clients to develop strong messaging, effective web copy, and standout content (blog posts, case studies, eBooks, etc.). She is a mom, a student of the equestrian arts, and an unapologetic book junkie. You can check out her professional side at Suddenly Marketing or on LinkedIn, and – for a more social connection – friend or follow on FacebookTwitter, Goodreads, and Instagram.

Naomi Shafer Naomi Shafer is a writer, performer, and project manager. She works for Clowns Without Borders, an organization that tours professional circus performances in refugee camps, conflict zones and refugee camps. Naomi is interested in how performance can shift power dynamics. Her written work has been performed at an array of theaters, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Middlebury College, the New England Youth Theatre, and Peppercorn Theatre. She has dueling degrees in business, playwriting, and sociology.


I’m Wendy Thomas and am a freelance writer and Instructional Design Consultant for High-Tech Businesses. Located in Southern New Hampshire, I have over 25 years experience in the High-tech field as a Technical Writer/Instructional Designer. These days I spend my time writing articles, blogging at Simple Thrift, Savvy B2B Marketing, and here at Live to Write, Write to Live. I’m also working on a fowl manuscript.

A features writer, interviewer, and columnist, I’ve has been published in national magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and blogs. My current project is to blog about life living with 6 kids and a flock of chickens.


photo of Julianne HolmesJ.A. Hennrikus/Julianne Holmes Julianne Holmes is a mystery writer. Her Clock Shop Mystery series debuted in October 2015 with Just Killing Time. Clock and Dagger is due out in August 2016. J.A. (Julie) Hennrikus is the Executive Director of StageSource. She has had short stories published in Level Best Books anthologies: “Her Wish” in Dead Calm, “Tag, You’re Dead” in Thin Ice, “The Pendulum Swings, Until It Doesn’t” in Blood Moon. She is a huge social media fan, and tweets under @JulieHennrikus. She wrestles with allusions of athleticism, is an avid theatre goer and a proud member of Red Sox nation. Her website is Julie is a board member of Sisters in Crime  and New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America  and the Guppies.


Lee Laughlin is a communicator. She loves to learn and share what she’s learned with others. She has worked as a web site designer and event planner and has now happily settled into a career as a freelance writer. She blogs at Live Fearless Lee. Her words have appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. You can also find her on Twitter.


Deborah Lee LuskinDeborah Lee Luskin is a writer, blogger and pen-for-hire. She ‘s a ITWplaincommentator for Vermont Public Radio, a Visiting Scholar and public speaker for the Vermont Humanities Council and the author of Into The Wilderness, an award-winning love story set in Vermont in 1964. She blogs about Vermont, where she’s lived for over thirty years, at Living In Place, and about growing up in The Middle Ages. Learn more at Deb’s website, follow her on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.



Diane MacKinnon, MD, is a family physician, mother, Master Certified Life Coach and writer. She blogs for her life coaching business, Healing Choices. She is currently rewriting a novel she wrote for NaNo 2008, and putting in her “10,000 hours” to (try to) master the craft of writing.


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63 thoughts on “The Writers

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  2. I’m glad to discover this network, as I’m always looking for ways to connect to other writers. I live across the river from New Hampshire, in Vermont, where my first published novel is set. INTO THE WILDERNESS has been called “a fiercely intelligent love story” about two 64-year olds, set in Vermont in 1964. It just received a great shout-out on VPR’s Winter Reading Program and soared on the amazon ratings. My goal for the book is to build an audience (and readers love this book), and use my success with it to find an agent and/or larger publisher and wider audience for my next novel, also set in mid-century Vermont. ELEGY FOR A GIRL is as dark as INTO THE WILDERNESS is bright.
    In addition to fiction, I write essays that are both published in regional print outlets and broadcast on Vermont Public Radio.
    I’d love to know more about this group.
    Thanks, Deborah.

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  4. A Room of MY Own…what a concept! I have an office too – actually, the front room after you walk in the front door. Nice wood stove, not fancy but plenty of room. But ambiance never was the problem. No wall, no door is the problem with kids of any age around. Constant interruptions! A separate studio seems like the perfect solution. On my wish list!

  5. If anybody has received any illicit email from me, FYI – my email was hacked and it is NOT me sending off-color stuff! I am filing a formal complaint but LTW-WTL is on my list and so many people I know have been sent dirty videos and ads! If you have received anything please forward it back to my address because I am filing a formal complaint and need to provide the source. Black and white evidence! It is all coming from the same domain. Thanks much.

  6. It’s great to know passionate writers! KUDOS! Keep inspiring people! I’m inspired more to hone my writing skills and to enhance my blogging experience 🙂 More Power to your team!


  7. Hello New Hampshire! I’m a British woman currently teaching English in Indonesia and am about to embarkon a creative writing course after years of procrastination! I love your site and I’ve already enjoyed reading many of your very useful articles and suggestions; they’re inspiring! Thanks so much.

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  11. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I just nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” award for WordPress! I had to write a post about my own nomination- it’s a tradition, I guess.

    If you decide to continue the posting tradition you need to:

    1. write seven random things about yourself

    2. nominate 15 bloggers that you follow

    3. put the “Versatile Blogger” picture (you can find it on my blog on the very first post on the homepage) on your post.

    Happy Blogging! : )

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  13. Hello Everyone at Live to Write, Write to Live

    I would love some writing advice…….What are your tips for getting a book published? I have a book of poetry and would love to hear any advice any of you may have.


    Debbie Hope

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  17. Excelent work ! Thanks for share with us, I think I have so much to learn here, I just begins with my blog and book …

    Note: Sory with my English! I´m Brazilian and speak Portuguese …

  18. I just wanted to say I enjoy all of your contributions to the blog. I think your blog is inspiring to other bloggers, especially writers, so I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award!

    You can check out the details on my blog:

    Please don’t think I’m just trying to up my traffic; I do not have the original link. I was asked to nominate other bloggers and thought of yours. Thanks for the great posts:)

  19. Hi! I’m a creative writing fanatic that would love to do freelance work. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!

  20. Hi everyone!

    I’ve been writing since I was nine, so its been a passion of mine for over half my life! I doubt it ever fade. I mainly write fantasy and YA novels, but have written one horror and a steampunk.

    I’m still trying to get published, but I can’t write a query letter to save my life. I am, however, going to release a self-published novel on August 18th! Really excited about that.

    Anyways, I hope to meet some other fellow authors here! I’d love to have a few writer friends. All my friends always look at me like I’m nuts when I go on about writing!

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  24. Hello,
    Not long started writing creatively and on entering competitions it was suggested that I should develop something of an online presence. So here I am.
    It was a relief to find your site, (collective noun for a group of writers?) if any of you can spare the time to pop over to mine at I would welcome some pointers as I haven’t a clue.

  25. Kuzuzangpo La! I am Tenzin from Devon in England but I am originally from Bhutan hence the Kuzuzangpo La which is hello, hope you are well and all that put together in Bhutanese language. Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas and it is well known for its GNH – Gross National Happiness. GNH of its people is considered to be more important than doing well in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and therefore it is central to all governance and development planning.

    I don’t think I am a good writer as I am still learning but I love blogging anyway and sharing my experiences with everyone. I believe in learning from other people’s experience and sharing my own experiences with others; hopefully will achieve that united desire to learn together.

    I like promoting learning as one never stops learning and believe in lifelong learning and all that stuff. In my spare time apart from writing I love Origami the complex the better and create most of mine following YouTube instructions or from the book. In fact I love anything arty crafty and creativity.

    I also love meeting and making new friends. Life is so short, so live it well while you can and make as many new friends as you can and learn as much as you can. Be kind and show compassion to all.

    All the best to everyone and Tashi Delek!

  26. Buona sera a tutte voi,sono desiderosa di apprendere e condividere pensieri,poesie,racconti ed esperienze che possono arricchirci a vicenda…
    Vi auguro buon lavoro e buona vita!

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  28. Great work you ppl are posting.. amazing to read each and every post.. I love following your bogs and writing, with deep respect.
    I myself am an aspiring writer, and on the verge of completing my debut novel… I would like you great writers to go through my page and comment on my writing. Would love to know what you feel about my writing 🙂
    Here is the link:

  29. Glad to connect with the writers community, am new into the blogging environment and hope to be one big blogger someday! really appreciate what you are doing, please do more!

  30. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work..

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