Susan K. Perry

Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a writer and social psychologist. After writing half a dozen nonfiction books, she decided to learn more about how the authors she most enjoys accomplish their feats of creativity. With famed flow researcher Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi on her doctoral committee, she interviewed more than 75 best-selling and award-winning novelists and poets, including Jane Smiley, Billy Collins, Robert Olen Butler, Ethan Canin, and Ursula LeGuin. She later turned her dissertation into the Los Angeles Times bestseller, Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity. Susan presented a plenary talk at the Optimal Functioning Conference in Palm Springs (2000), and she contributed chapters to Faces of the Muse: How People Think, Work, and Act Creatively in Diverse Domains (Erlbaum, 2003) and Psychology of Creative Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Among her other popular books are Loving in Flow: How the Happiest Couples Get and Stay That Way; and Playing Smart. She has also written hundreds of articles, essays, reviews, and advice columns, and she has taught both writing and social psychology. In an effort to enjoy the same state of flow or full engagement, as many novelists and poets do, Susan began writing fiction. Her novel KYLIE'S HEEL is available from Humanist Press. Susan's blog is Creating in Flow at