Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate


I am a writer, a teacher, and an editor.  The thread that runs through all I do is story telling. We all have a story to tell. Whether you have lived your life quietly or on a more public stage, writing your memoir, life stories, family stories and family histories offers you the opportunity to observe the past with fresh eyes, reflect on your life’s purpose, clarify your future path and preserve your unique stories. Here is the bonus: When you are open to telling your individual stories in the most authentic, truth seeking way, you will touch the universal truths that have the power to transform both you and the reader.

I teach writing classes privately and for organizations such as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Santa Fe retirement community El Castillo, assisting them with shaping their stories and honing their craft. I edit completed manuscripts and assist with development editing when you are not quite sure how to proceed.

I produce memoirs, life stories, family stories and family histories from recorded interviews which I transcribe, edit and develop into a story well told. My clients are from all walks of life, people who have built businesses, raised families, fought in wars, championed a cause, taught school, designed buildings, traveled the world or chose to stay close to the fabric of their communities. While their life stories are unique, they all value their heritage and share a desire to preserve their personal stories and family stories for generations to come. Since each project is unique, I offer a free one hour consultation to discuss the story you wish to tell, outline the process and determine a fee which will fit within your budget. Drop me a note and let’s get started. It’s time.

For over fifteen years I have helped businesses and  individuals spread their message to their intended audience for the most meaningful impact.  My experience with CNN taught me a great deal about effective communications as did my time spent as acting Public Information Officer for the New Mexico Supreme Court and as  media liaison for the Majority Office of the  New Mexico State House of Representatives.

My own memoir Macon: A Memory, A Murder is near completion.  (I love writing that sentence.) I have been published in National Geographic Traveler Magazine and contribute to Maria Shriver’s website mariashriver.com.

Now I am adding blog writer to the mix. Having lived in Santa Fe for over fifteen years, I think it’s time you heard the inside story about the people, places, events and curiosities that earn Santa Fe the much deserved title of  The City Different.