More About Susan McKinney de Ortega

A few things about me:

I am a Philadelphia-born writer living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico since 1992.  I write about raising a bicultural family in One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk about Polyamory, Househusbandry, Mixed Marriage, Open Adoption and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love,edited by Rebecca Walker (Riverhead Books, 2009).

Selections from Flirting in Spanish are included in Mexico: A Love Story (Seal Press, 2006); Not What I Expected, The Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to Motherhood (Paycock Press, 2007), Sport Literate (2009), salonmagazine.com (1999).

My personal essays and fiction appear in Solamente en San Miguel II (2010), The Huffington Post(2010), SOL literary Magazine (2010), The Hawk Will Never DieTales from St. Joseph´s Hardwood (Sports Publishing, 2005), Philadelphia Stories (2006), and The San Miguel Writer(1994). My essay on bicultural living was broadcast on National Public Radio in 2000.  I have written for various regional magazines and newspapers.

I´m a former award-winning broadcast journalist.  Once, while a reporter with WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, I, along with news photographer Mike Van Susteren, chased a convicted murder-for-hire killer after he´d escaped from UW Hospital, where he´d been taken for headache treatments.

I once completed a 20 mile foot race and I once competed in a barrel racing competition.

I rode in the 1977 victory parade through downtown Portland for the NBA Champion Portland Trailblazers.

I was St. Dorothy School eighth grade spelling bee champion.

I teach Advanced English at Colegio Siglo XXI in San Miguel de Allende.  My Mexican teenagers have read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Riding in Cars With Boys by Beverly Donofrio.

Things I love:

My husband

My teenage girls

My kids´ horses

Stories by Lorrie Moore

The colors of Mexican walls

Chilaquiles for breakfast