Susanna Shetley

Always a lover of words, Susanna decided to leave the teaching profession in 2011 and write full-time. Susanna writes for magazines, newspapers, blogs, and websites. She has published one book and is working on several more.

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 published a picture book in 2019 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.