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My name is Susan Perly.

I am a Cowbird citizen. I’ve told 422 stories. I joined Cowbird on February 28, 2012.

I'm a writer, a novelist, a former CBC radio producer, (on air and behind the scenes) and war correspondent.

I spent the first major chapter of my life working as a radio journalist, on air and behind the scenes. I covered conflict zones, such as Iran-Iraq War, Guatemala, El Salvador. I turned to short and long fiction as a second career. I've written two novels. The first, "Love Street," (Porcupine's Quill) in the voice of a New Orleans female late night radio DJ.

My second novel, "Death Valley," (Wolsak and Wynn) came out in May 2016. It's the story of five people who go on an atomic road trip through Nevada and California. The main protagonist is a woman war photographer, Vivienne Pink. She travels through old nuclear test sites, ghost towns, western movie locations, and badlands, with her novelist husband, their intelligence agent housemate, the husband's brother (who used to work in counter-terrorism but who now roams the Las Vegas Strip in a bird suit,) as well as a soldier about to re-deploy to Iraq whom Vivienne is photographing. They spend a harrowing hilarious week in the legendary American southwest desert of Death Valley.

During 2016, "Death Valley" was reviewed in the Toronto Star, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, and in various online sites. In May 2016, I did a two part long interview, "A Heart Full of World," with The Town Crier, which is the online publication of the literary magazine, The Puritan. Also, an interview with the online Open Book Toronto, in May 2016.

In the fall of 2016, my novel was nominated for the long list of Canada's most prestigious literary prize, the Scotiabank Giller Award.

As of Cowbird's closing, March 2017, I am working on my third novel.

I live in Toronto, Canada, with my husband who is also a writer. Taking photographs as stories, and telling stories which might feel like photographs--keeping an eye and an ear on the big and small world, that's where I am right now. Waiting for the next first sentence...

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