Susanna Shetley

Always a lover of words, Susanna decided to leave the teaching profession in 2011 to be a full-time writer. Susanna writes for magazines, newspapers, blogs, and websites. In 2019, she published a children’s book titled The Jolt Felt Around the World. She is currently in the writing and editing phases of two novels. Late 2022 she launched the She Breathes podcast which aims to empower women to lean into the highest versions of themselves.

Susanna has written for numerous magazines including Smoky Mountain Living, Plough to Pantry, Aspire, GreenBuilt, and The Laurel of Asheville. She’s a regular columnist for The Smoky Mountain News where her columns are a favorite among readers and have won multiple awards at the annual North Carolina Press Association awards.

Though Susanna’s heart is in writing for adults, especially women, she’s proud of her children’s book which she published in partnership with Wisdom House Books. The story was inspired by a conversation with her two young sons. Through their insightful questions, she realized young minds need easier, more visual ways to understand the heaviness in today’s world and the situations affecting Mother Earth, as well as the spirit of humanity.

Digitally, Susanna has been blogging since early 2012 when she created a parenting and lifestyle blog called Zealous Mom. This blog let her to many opportunities working with brands, speaking at conferences, and connecting with thousands of moms throughout the country.

Susanna has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The Weather Channel, Disney Spoonful and Your Carolina with Jack & Megan.

With backgrounds in psychology, education, and journalism, Susanna is a lover of people and their stories.