from author’s website
Susie Orman Schnall is the author of four novels: Her thought-provoking debut, ON GRACE (2014, SparkPress), is about turning 40. THE BALANCE PROJECT (2015, SparkPress), is about work-life balance and was inspired by The Balance Project interview series she started in 2014. THE SUBWAY GIRLS (2018, St. Martin’s Press), is historical fiction about the fascinating Miss Subways advertising program. And WE CAME HERE TO SHINE is also historical fiction set at the 1939 NYC World’s Fair.
Susie’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, POPSUGAR, Writer’s Digest, and Glamour. She is also a frequent speaker at women’s groups, corporations, and book clubs about her novels and work-life balance.
Susie grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and now lives just outside of New York City with her husband and their three sons who play ball in the house.
More – from Susie…
Ever since I was a child, I have found true joy in writing. From my earliest notebooks filled with poems about loves lost to my essays documenting my journey through motherhood, I have chronicled my life in words. There’s something about an intense scrabble game, a challenging crossword puzzle, an impossible paragraph. It comes down to the words, and words are what I love.
I am also passionate about loads of other things: Friday family movie nights, very dark chocolate (especially with little crunchies in them), warm beaches, evolving, romantic comedies, Jane Austen and Jeffrey Archer, party dresses, hiking, raising resilient kids, dinner parties, punctuality, Saturday night happy hour with my husband, white space, balance, boot camp, kale shakes, true friends, thank you notes, and optimism.
ABOUT THE SUBWAY GIRLS:
From the author of The Balance Project comes a dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect.
In 1949, dutiful and ambitious Charlotte’s dream of a career in advertising is shattered when her father demands she help out with the family business. Meanwhile, Charlotte is swept into the glamorous world of the Miss Subways beauty contest, which promises irresistible opportunities with its Park Avenue luster and local fame status. But when her new friend―the intriguing and gorgeous fellow-participant Rose―does something unforgivable, Charlotte must make a heart-wrenching decision that will change the lives of those around her forever.
Nearly 70 years later, outspoken advertising executive Olivia is pitching the NYC subways account in a last ditch effort to save her job at an advertising agency. When the charismatic boss she’s secretly in love with pits her against her misogynistic nemesis, Olivia’s urgent search for the winning strategy leads her to the historic Miss Subways campaign. As the pitch date closes in on her, Olivia finds herself dealing with a broken heart, an unlikely new love interest, and an unexpected personal connection to Miss Subways that could save her job―and her future.
The Subway Girls is the charming story of two strong women, a generation apart, who find themselves up against the same eternal struggle to find an impossible balance between love, happiness, and ambition.
PRAISE FOR THE SUBWAY GIRLS:
“Schnall debuts with an inspiring, feminist, timely story of two women, 70 years apart, who both fight for the right to have a career, independence and love. This enjoyable, poignant tale will certainly resonate with readers of any generation.” — RT Reviews
“The Subway Girls is a joyous romp through New York City, with a magnetic cast of characters you’ll root for from page one. Dazzling and delicious.”―Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Address and The Dollhouse