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Right Brain: Susan Metzger

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Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkLocal Susan Metzger with her dog Fiji and her book "Spirit Dogs Life Between Lives."

Susan Metzger, aka Susan Kelleher, just published her second book in a trilogy about dogs on June 1. Metzger, who has worked as a psychotherapist, takes a New Age approach to spirituality in her books. Since the stories revolve around dogs, on their most basic level, they’re appropriate for kids in fifth grade and older, yet the spiritual elements can speak deeply to adults. In “Spirit Dogs: Life Between Lives,” Ivan, an Australian shepherd, feels inadequate as a guide for new arrivals in heaven, so he goes to the mountains to figure out what it means to be a “whole” dog. There he meets the devil in disguise and has to wrestle with temptation.Metzger will sign copies of her book from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Winds of Change Books and Gifts in Frisco.Dreams

I’d like university literature classes to include my books in their Contemporary Fiction classes. I’d like the Spirit Dogs books to become the Harry Potters of the dog world. I’d like to be on Oprah and have her include my books in her book club. I’d like Disney or Pixar to animate this story into a feature film. I’d like to be approached by a gazillion literary agents. And I’d like to make enough money selling books and teaching to live on.Why write?It’s not a choice. It’s a nudge from “wherever” that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. When I write, publish and market my writing, I feel I’m fulfilling my life’s mission. I feel best about myself when I’m writing.What do you convey through writing?

Being also a trained psychotherapist, I like to think of my writing as “helpful fiction,” because I bring into play psychological dynamics and my view on spirituality, which is more of a broad, new-age view that includes original Christian principles, Buddhism, etc. Many people say they have been helped emotionally, spiritually, and/or psychologically by what I write.ChallengeMy biggest challenge is trusting that I can earn an income with this. My tendency is to worry about money, then put aside my writing to pursue a “real” career. I am presently an Omni Real Estate broker and greatly enjoy this work. I’m trying to balance the two endeavors, and it seems to be working nicely.Accomplishment

I’m very pleased with the endorsements on the back cover of “Spirit Dogs: Life Between Lives.” The first one is from the world-famous Hollywood dog trainer, author and expert on aggression, Captain Haggerty. In addition is one from Lench, the Yaqui Indian Spiritual Elder whom Carolyn Myss has chosen to work alongside her; one from an AKC Show Judge, one from a prominent Chicago spiritual counselor, and one from a highly-respected veterinarian from Ohio. The fact that all five of these people thought enough of this book to have their names posted on the back is huge for me. They epitomize what I value in both the dog and spiritual realms.Staying freshI have three more novels in the works. I never lack for motivation. It’s always there.When you’re not doing art?I sell real estate with Omni and hike or snowshoe with my flat-coated retriever Fiji. I also founded The Barnyard Pet Supply store in 1992.

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