We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Pohlman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Susan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In 2003, I took a great personal risk. Rather than signing divorce papers to end a 17-year-marriage, my husband and I signed a lease to an apartment overlooking the sea in Genoa, Italy. It was a Hail Mary pass, a last-ditch effort to save a dying marriage. We quit our jobs, sold our home, threw a few things into storage and left Los Angeles with our two bewildered children, ages 11 and 14. It was both petrifying and exhilarating. That risk saved our family, taught me many life lessons, and put me on a new career path that I enjoy to this day. I learned that times of disequilibrium are fertile opportunities to shed old paradigms. None of it was easy, but it pushed me beyond my comfort zone and enabled me to imagine new possibilities. Now, when I find myself feeling stuck, or given an opportunity that unnerves me, I know to go toward the discomfort to push limits and see what gems await. Understanding the upside of risk allows us to create a life of adventure and positive growth.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
These are a lot of big questions for a small company! Simply put, I love what I do. It never feels like work to me. Loving your work is a vital component of building a successful business. As a writer/editor/writing coach/workshop facilitator, I built my business slowly and methodically, one client and one workshop at a time. I continually educate myself and update my skills so that I can provide the best support for writers—whether that means editing a piece they have written, providing direction and establishing goals for longer works in progress, or helping them navigate the publishing process. Good, honest service and building trust with clients results in word-of-mouth marketing. It has taken me quite a few years, but I now enjoy a full roster of writers seeking my support. I believe there is no short cut to long-term success. The key is riding the ups and downs along the way.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Phoenix area is an exciting destination for travelers. There are recreational opportunities and restaurants for every age and interest. Old Town Scottsdale is filled with shops and restaurants and provides a taste of the Old West. Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter are great places to enjoy an outdoor mall experience and world class dining. Hiking is plentiful with many great trails to choose from. There are a variety of terrific museums to enjoy: the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.  Post Covid, you can enjoy the many sports venues and events. And, of course, there’s golf, golf, and more golf for the golfing enthusiast!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my agent and friend, Judith Riven of the Judith Riven Literary Agency. She took a chance on an unknown writer and shepherded my first book about our time abroad, Halfway to Each Other, to publication. Without her guidance and tutelage, I would not be enjoying the career and business that I do today.

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