Susan Segal’s novel, Aria, was chosen by Barnes and Noble for its Nook First: Compelling Reads From Emerging Writers. Her short fiction has won numerous awards and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best Short Fictions Anthology and The Best of the Net, and has appeared in Redbook, The Atticus Review, The Evansville Review, The Citron Review, The Ilanot Review, Juked, and others, and her feature writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Coast Magazine, Preferred Destinations, and other publications. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine and is a Professor in the English Department at The University of Southern California, where she teaches fiction and creative non-fiction writing, editing, and literature. She is a former editor and contributing writer at Coast Magazine in Orange County. She lives in Orange County, California.