Susanne Severeid -
Author, Actor, Presenter
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"Susanne's beautiful writing provides renewal and hope
in these crazy times."
John Darling, journalist/author
Reflections on life, love, and chance encounters
Available in paperback at Bloomsbury Books, Ashland and through this website.
For E-BOOK, click here
Susanne takes questions from the audience at her recent book signing at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E.Main, Ashland.
Brewed awakening: Severeid publishes book
BY JOHN DARLING / FOR THE TIDINGS December 05, 2018
Susanne Severeid’s “musings” may be hatched at her ease in Ashland coffee shops “like a dollop of cream on a pie,” but they get at gritty life questions, celebrate friendships and, with 41 columns appearing in the Tidings over the years, have prompted many readers to “get off their butt and do something different, rather than slipping into a rut of monotony.”
Her just-out book, “Mocha Musings: Reflections on Life, Love and Chance Encounters” is a charming, accessible collection of essays, starting appropriately, with her arrival in town, sitting alone in a cafe, watching a gaggle of women warmly chatting it up and realizing how she longed for that closeness, trust and friendship.
It’s touching. It’s real. Like many of her portraits of life, it’s poignantly painful, yet embraces a simple situation with honesty until the beautiful bones of it show.
She had just been through some of life’s traumas and was rebuilding a new life. She writes how the women talk about trials and joys, teasing each other, laughing, then confesses, “I watched this little group across the room for some time as I stirred my mocha, all of them so different and yet so connected and supportive of one another and I thought: I’m going to have that one day.”
And she did.
Asked her favorite stories, she says “Synching With a Slower Clock,” about visiting her 93-year old father and watching him move the lawn sprinkler and recalling camping trips with him in the High Sierra.
Another favorite is her “For the Love of Books,” and how she needs the tactile and olfactory meshing with them while in coffee shops or airports, even needs and loves the bookmarks, one of which quotes Whitman: “Now I know the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
Severeid got her start with a trio of guest editorials — on grief after the death of her husband, on seeing the Dalai Lama’s compassion in person — and one on our mundane and often maddening relationship with (ready?) cell phone service.
“I wanted the essays to stick around longer and have a good shelf life and be savored a bit longer,” she notes. “I write about slices of life, splinters of truth, insights into the human condition that I find illuminating and sometimes humorous, poignant and (since the 2016 election) political.”
She observes..."It’s important to have women’s voices because they bring something different to the table. You see all these action films with fistfights in bars, but we don’t do that. We offer a heightened sense of compassion and a different skill set for solving problems.”
Severeid has been a model, TV-radio personality, university teacher, playwright. Her play, “Late to Love” was recently produced here. Others have asked her how to make a book, so she has since become a “book creation coach.”
Susanne has enjoyed a busy and versatile career, spanning TV, film, radio, stage, and chairing major conventions in Europe. She is
an accomplished author, interviewer and Emmy Award- winning TV & radio presenter.
Susanne began her career at nineteen as a model in Los Angeles, quickly working her way up as the "California girl" in major print and TV commercial campaigns...
Praise for another of Susanne’s books:
"A gem, in thoughts, words, and images."
"A tender companion for those who are going through the most difficult time in life."
When Someone You Love Is Dying: Some Thoughts to Help You Through offers simple thoughts to help you and your family navigate through what is perhaps the most difficult thing any of us will ever be called upon to do, to be there while someone you love deeply is dying. This is a book for anyone who can use support during this time in your lives. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of nature and inspired by Susanne’s own experience. (learn more)
Available here on this website
and at Bloomsbury Books, Ashland OR -
Listen Here to Susanne's audio interview about her book and overcoming grief, as guest author on Geoffrey Riley's morning show The Jefferson Exchange, JPR radio.
Susanne is the "Face" of
When Marken Products launched their Royal Weeder, a cordless, lightweight tiller, they chose Susanne to represent their new product on their website, packaging and advertisements.
Photo by David Gibb Photography
"I consider Susanne a tremendous asset for our company and marketing outreach. She's a natural in front of the camera and her professionalism makes working with her a pleasure."
Fred Marken, President, Marken Products, Inc.
With special thanks to Pam Danielle Photography, Beatrice Angela Jacobs Photography, Pablo Van Photography, David Savage,
and Chris Molé Design.