It is rumored that the first word SUE ROSS ever uttered gave her such satisfaction, she said it twice, “Author! Author!” Finding stories in everything she does, Sue made her living as a non-profit administrator and small business owner. Her checkered past provided her with opportunities to revel in language, whether through structured business plans, reports, grant applications, marketing materials (print and online); or speeches, presentations, and letters that lift and inspire. Retired, she now devotes her time to writing.
Although working on other projects, GOLANSKI’S TREASURES remains the work of her heart. A character-driven novel, the story revolves around Max Golanski, an 81-year-old Holocaust survivor who travels to Poland to reconnect with his past. There, he discovers the choices we make frame our destiny, and the treasures we seek are not always what we might expect.
Sue is intent in focusing her life on writing and has held membership in: the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA – San Francisco and Detroit Chapters,) the Redwoods Society Blog, the California Writers Club (Redwood Writers), and Sonoma Scribes critique group. In addition to her Chicken Soup stories, she has had articles and poetry published in the Detroit Jewish News, and San Francisco’s Upbeat Times.
A longtime Holocaust student and educator, she is dedicated to writing and teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides in the interest of fulfilling the promise… NEVER AGAIN!
Towards that end, her writing has been augmented by her work as a docent and speaker at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Sonoma State University, sings with the Temple Shir Shalom choir in West Bloomfield, Michigan; and is the former Vice President for Development and Public Relations at Spertus Center for Jewish Learning in Chicago.
Recognizing the importance of combatting hatred through inclusion and teaching tolerance, Sue is a board member of the Michigan Regional Office of the Anti Defamation League (ADL). She also sits on the MultiCultural/MultiRacial Community Council of Farmington Hills, Michigan, where she lives with her domestic partner and three cats.
Sue’s writing is inspired by one of her personal heroes, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, ELIE WIESEL, who once said,
“Are we so naïve as to think that we can bring peace to the world through words? Yes we are. What else do we have?“
Barbara Wayne said:
Congratulations, Sue! I continue to marvel at your many talents, and the passion you bring to everything you do. I am so proud of you.
Much love, your Sis.
Coming from you, that carries tremendous weight, Barb, for (as my sister) you are part of the spirit of this book. “Passion” is the word, for without it, I doubt a single story, or book would probably never come to fruition. Our own family stories and relatives gave breath to Max’s and I hope you enjoy finding echoes of our past throughout. Thanks for your ongoing support and inspiration.