I was born in Buffalo, New York and went to public grammar school. What changed my life after elementary school, was a scholarship to a private girls school in a distant neighborhood where the
academic standards were Alpine and the social challenges Himalayan. For four years I struggled uphill. Then I graduated and went to a small teachers college that (thanks to my rigorous secondary education) I finessed and finished in 3 years instead of the routine 4. Then I moved to New York City where I taught school and hated it. The next year I moved to Paris, found a job as a
bi-lingual secretary and just about never came back to the USA. It wasn't until I had 2 children in 1966 that I moved back to Buffalo where, by a miracle, I landed a job teaching French in my beloved Buffalo Seminary, the girls school I had attended and which had taught me so much. I taught there for a year before once again escaping (with my 2 daughters) to Paris where I stayed and became a writer. My career began when I found out that one could submit articles to the single woman's bible, Cosmopolitan Magazine. I wrote an article and it was accepted by non other than Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief and single woman's heroine of the day. After that, I wrote many articles for women's magazines. It was 1971. The Sexual Revolution had fomented and was in full swing at that time. I wrote a novel about a woman who couldn't find sexual satisfaction with men and, as a weapon against this unrequited sex,reverted to masturbation. The novel was published in 1975 in NYC by PLAYBOY PRESS, their first woman's novel.
Although that book was never very good, I wanted to go on writing novels. But my literary agent said "No. You need to raise your children. You must write non-fiction books." I rankled. But I obeyed and from a list of non-fiction subjects, including beauty, cooking, religion and astrology, I chose Astrology... on one condition...that I might write about Chinese Astrology, the animal signs. I wrote a proposal for a book about the animal signs and it was an instant hit with a few publishers - one of whom paid the most so we chose him. That book, CHINESE CHANCE, is still selling briskly under a new name. Today, it is called CHINESE ASTROLOGY PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Now (1976),the budding novelist I had been was an astrology author. As I didn't want to go on writing Astrologoy books, I wrote a proposal for a saga about 3 generations of French women. In 1977, Delacorte bought that book and I began to write it. Then in 1978, I got cancer and was too ill to write more than my name. Five years later, back in France, I exited the cancer nightmare, with my two darling adolescent girls and myself all more or less in tact. Then, because the French had been buying my Chinese Astrology as though it were made of crustiest croissants, I allowed myself to be convinced by a prestigious Parisian publisher to write a book wherein I would blend Chinese and western astrologies. This was a huge challenge. But I loved the idea and sat right down to it. A year later, I had invented 144 NEW ASTROLOGY© signs. Every Sun sign had a co-sign which altered the usual Sun sign profile. Libra/Dragons were not Libra/Monkeys and Cancer/Pigs were nothing like Cancer/Rats. The book was an instant sleeper. It did wellish at first. Now, 20 years later, it is a best seller and moving swiftly toward becoming a cult phenomenon. After that, I wrote two more astrology books: THE NEW CHINESE ASTROLOGY and SUZANNE WHITE'S GUIDE TO LOVE. The first is a book about my favorite subject and the second is a snappy tome showing readers how to choose a love partner using THE NEW ASTROLOGY as their guide.
A few years back I started a web site http://www.suzannewhite.com and discovered that having a web site it like having adopted a baby gorilla. It's all cute and fuzzy when it's little and it sleeps a lot. Then it starts to grow and become hungrier and hungrier for more and more content; and soon you have a full-size King Kong right there inside your computer, eating up all the space and time you ever thought you owned.
I jest. But Suzannewhite.com has brought my work to light all over the planet. My readership has grown exponentially with my old friend King Kong and I LOVE it. So that's the story. I am a writer. Like so many other authors, I write because I have to. Writing is my life and has successfully supplanted mmore than a few would-be significant others who needed to be fed or loved or spoken to whilst I was too busy writing to pay them any mind. SW (2007)