Spiritual Diaries Will Tell About Faith, Mental Health, and “Life Is Interrupted”

Susan Cushman stands at the church she attends, St. John's Orthodox Church, on Wednesday, May 24, 2022, in Memphis.  The majority of Cushman's new book, Pilgrim Interrupt, is rooted in her faith.

“They say you write from your own life and you write what you know,” says Susan Cushman.

Her first novel tells the story of a young girl who escapes abuse in a religious cult, then finds herself surrounded by art. A short story that tells the tale of a young girl in Saint Jude who was healed by a crying icon. Other works tell of mental health, adoption, and caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

Her new book, “A Pilgrim Interrupted”, is filled with the threads of her life that readers will experience through 35 articles, three poems, and five excerpts from her novels and short stories.

There is the story of her pilgrimage to the island of Patmos, a visit to the cave of the Apocalypse where Saint John received the Book of Revelation and where Cushman’s pilgrimage “stopped”.