Susan Milstrey Wells

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The Story Behind the Story

Susan Milstrey WellsI’m the mother who embarrasses her children in the checkout line at the grocery store. By the time I’ve purchased bananas, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and the latest issue of Woman’s Day magazine, I discover that the cashier played tuba in her high school marching band and is excited about attending her 10th  year reunion because she can still fit in her uniform. I may be exaggerating, but not by much!

I always want to know “the story behind the story.” I ask all my physicians how they chose their specialty (and have received some interesting and enlightening answers). When my son was growing up, he grew increasingly exasperated by all the questions I asked. If you tell me about a vacation gone awry or a heartfelt moment with your elderly mother, I’m likely to say, “there’s a story there.” Everyone has a story to tell.

So what’s my story? It’s rather simple. I’ve been writing since I can remember. I was editor of my fifth grade newsletter and worked on my junior high yearbook and college newspaper. I began my journalism career writing obituaries, which is wonderful experience for a writer. I moved on to write for private schools and colleges and then took a job with a federal contractor.

I’ve had a successful career writing about mental health for the past 30 years. Writing is not only how I make my living—it’s how I make sense of my world. When life handed me lemons in the form of an autoimmune disease, I made lemonade and wrote a book about living with chronic illness. The best part of that experience was interviewing men and women around the country who were not only surviving, but thriving, despite some devastating diagnoses.

Over the years, I’ve been privileged to help everyone from aspiring authors to high-level federal officials put their story into words. I’ve written everything from human interest stories to magazine articles to speeches (one of my specialties) to congressional testimony. Not too many people need congressional testimony, but everyone has a story to tell. Let me help you tell yours!