Greenville, South Carolina
Notes for Another Life: A Novel
“In books we can travel the road not taken; we can, for a little while, live another life, absorb the sights and sounds of another place,” said Sue Ellen Bridgers in a publisher's promotional pamphlet. “We can know what it is like to be someone else. That private pleasure, that gift of knowing, is what I demand of everything I read and what I strive for in everything I write.”
Sue Ellen Hunsucker, the daughter of a farmer, has been a writer since 1970. She attended East Carolina University from 1960 to 1963, and earned a bachelor of arts degree at Western Carolina University in 1976. She and her husband, attorney Ben Bridgers, married in 1963 and have three children.
“The longer I work with the characters who people my books,” the author said in ALAN Review, “the less sure I am of where they come from and why. There are some like Maggie Grover in Home Before Dark who take on a life apart from my intention and thereby change the course of the story, and some like Mae Willis who are so unsure and desperate that they let me control their destinies. There is Hazard Whitaker in All Together Now who proposed to Pansy quite spontaneously and against my better judgment. There is Jane Flanagan who assumed with ease and validity the role I gave her. I give up trying to approach these people in an objective fashion. I will leave that to scholars and reviewers whose hapless job it is to study creative-after-the-fact.”