About Sue Pace
I am a southern girl who was raised by two incredibly wonderful, quirky yankees. I was adopted at six weeks in 1960 and grew up in Durham, North Carolina with my older brother in a house full of love and pets. When both Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill rejected my less than stellar college application, I went east down I-40 to North Carolina State. Knowing I wouldn’t be an engineer or a farmer, I did end up transferring to UNC in 1980 and received a degree in studio art in 1982.
I was hired fresh out of college by the Village Companies in Chapel Hill and began my career as a paste up artist with a popular community shopping guide called the Village Advocate. I married my high school sweetheart a year after college graduation and we had two terrific kids. Dennis was born in 1990 and our daughter, Charlie, came two and a half years later. I quit work to become a full time mom in 1998, but kept one toe in the water working as a freelance graphic designer.
Midlife brought many changes to my world. I divorced, moved to a little horse farm (maybe NC State was where I belonged, after all), lost my mom, remarried, became an empty nester, failed at getting back into the working world twice and found my birth family. My once ordered life couldn’t draw a straight line if it tried. And that’s where things got interesting.
I have had to make sense of all this scribble. So, writing, which has always been cathartic for me, is my way of saving a few bucks on a therapist.
I live with my husband, neurotic dog, five cats, horses and two occasional kids on a little farm on the outskirts of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.