Bio Susan Joy Bellavance
There were nine of us raised by Brooklyn expats Dick and Josie Wobbe, storytellers all. I am the third eldest. We were all happily stuffed in a three-bedroom cape in Shoreham Beach, Maryland. Needing solitude, which was a household oxymoron, I excavated my closet, laid a blanket on the floor as a rug, and ran an extension cord under my door for a little lamp. It was like huddling with a cup of tea in the eye of the hurricane. From there, J.R.R. Tolkien nurtured my imagination and my love of poetry. I was an Inkling in spirit.
During my senior year at the University of Maryland, I had a spiritual experience that inspired me to leave school and join the Missionaries of Charity, serving in the South Bronx and in Rome. Although I discerned a different path, that precious three-year odyssey continues to impart God’s grace. Eventually, I ended up teaching at a Catholic elementary school in New Hampshire, where I providentially met my husband Dale after mass one Sunday. We later joined other local church families to found Mount Royal Academy, a pre-K through 12th grade independent Catholic school in Sunapee, New Hampshire. Through the years, I have also served as a catechist and youth group leader.
Faith motivates my life and is the foundation of my desire to write. My story writing began in earnest when I joined the Words in Play writers’ group. My dear friend and mentor Deb McKew imparted the confidence to write. Without her assistance King of the Shattered Glass would have remained just a mountain of notes.
King of the Shattered Glass published by Marian Press is the first in a series of sacramental allegories for children. Will You Come to Mass? also by Marian Press is a pre-K through first grade story made to inspire children (and their parents) to put relationship with God before all else on Sunday.
Completed projects include The Light on Christmas Morning, Smithy Boy and the King Who Stayed, The Crooked Court Jester and the Last Knight, as well as a collection of poems on the priesthood. I am currently working with a local pastor and his pro-life team to produce Diary of a Little Soul, a work that gives voice and personhood to the stages of a developing baby in the womb.
In addition to being a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, I am a Marian Helper, and a devoted friend of the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy (MMDM). For the last fourteen years I have volunteered at Bishop Peterson Residence, a home for retired and elderly priests in the Diocese of Manchester.
I currently reside with my cherished husband Dale in metropolitan Newbury, NH. We have two treasured daughters -- Sophia who is married to Jonathan and lives as a military wife overseas, and Marguerite, who currently resides in beautiful Denver, Colorado.
Some of my fondest goals are to contribute to the treasury of memorable Catholic children’s literature and to hug my grown children as often as God allows.