Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars. Her collections have been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and twice for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She has a PhD in contemporary Australian women's fiction and has published on the subject in Australian and international literary journals. She retired from academia in 2007 to become a full-time writer, freelance editor and workshop facilitator. The Art of Persuasion is her first novel.
Susan has edited work by some brilliant writers, including Gail Jones, Marcella Polain, Amanda Curtin, Annabel Smith, Nicole Sinclair, Kathleen Fallon and Morgan Yasbincek. She remains grateful for the intelligent and rigorous editing of her own work by Linda Martin, Nicola Redhouse and Georgia Richter.
Susan has also been the judge of a number of literary competitions, including the Western Australian Premiers Book Awards, the T. A. Hungerford Award, the Margaret River Press Short Story Competition, the Lyndall Haddow Short Story Competition, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award and the Peter Cowan Short Story Competition. She has also served as a peer assessor on the Literature Board of the Australia Council.
She is currently on the board of Margaret River Press and writingWA, and works as a volunteer teacher in A Maze of Story, a program that encourages socially disadvantaged children to take pleasure and pride in their creative writing.
She is the chairperson of the 2018 Australian Short Story Festival, to be held in Perth from 19th-21st October 2018.