Susie Orman Schnall is a super talented writer and author who lives in New York with her husband and three young boys. Her award-winning debut novel ON GRACE (SparkPress 2014) is about fidelity, friendship and finding yourself at 40. Her second novel THE BALANCE PROJECT: A NOVEL (SparkPress 2015) is about work-life balance which is also the theme of her popular interview series The Balance Project. Check out what this fabulous lady can’t live without!
Five Things I Can’t Live Without….
On a deserted island
- A machete to open coconuts.
- Sunscreen. My fair skin doesn’t get along so well with most deserted islands.
- Building manual. The Swiss Family Robinson would have exiled me because I do not know how to build a functional island homestead that will withstand the weather, pirates, and stomach shakiness resulting from all those coconuts I cut open with my machete.
- Treasure chest filled with books. I will slash the lock with my machete.
- A cheese plate.
In my purse
- Pad and pen.
- Lip balm.
- Snacks, usually a baggie of raw almonds because I get mean when I get hungry and I get hungry a lot and raw almonds seem to do the trick.
In my wardrobe
- Fleece. Fleece sweatshirts, fleece pj pants. I like to be warm and cozy.
- Sweatpants. My “work” outfit.
- Party dresses. Because of #2, when I do go out, I like to dress up.
- Cozy sweaters.
- Lululemon Run Swiftly Tech long sleeve crew neck shirts. These are the most comfortable tops and I wear one almost every day with my fleece sweatshirt and sweatpants. Not with my party dresses.
In my library
- All of Jane Austen’s books
- All of Jeffrey Archer’s books
- My towering piles of waiting-to-be-read books.
- The hundreds of other books that I can’t part with because having them around makes me so happy and they inspire me when writer’s block sets in.
- A cozy chair, a blanket, quiet, English Breakfast tea, and snacks (not raw almonds).
In my pantry
- Dark chocolate. Really dark.
- English Breakfast tea.
- Bananas and almond butter for smoothies.
- Olives and feta cheese. I put these on everything.
- And how about a cheese plate. I’ve never met one I didn’t like.