Sunday, August 11, 2013

Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up poster in my yoga class

This is the sign from the Universe you were looking for. Yay you! If you want to know more about this, check out this blog post from Laurel Van Matre - owner of Yoga Garden and the best yoga instructor I've ever known.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Want to know more about Susan Marks? Of course you do! ;-)

If I wasn't so busy making documentary films, screenwriting, novel writing and everyday freelance producing work - I would create a website that spells out my various projects a little clearer. I've been getting a lot of inquiries lately about what exactly I do, especially since my screenplay advanced to the quarterfinals for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

The inquires go a little something like this: Whaaa? I didn't know you wrote screenplays. I thought you were just into dead dolls, or Betty Crocker, or John Waters, or underwear, or goldendoodles, or what have you.

I know it's confusing because I don't do just one thing - like write books. Or two things - like documentary filmmaking and screenwriting. I do all those things because a good story is a good story is a good story.  Oh and I'm also a historian because that's what my degrees are in. Yup, I graduated from grad school too.

So here's a down and dirty lowdown on me - Susan Marks. But feel free to contact me if you still have questions about my work.

  • I wrote the book, Finding Betty Crocker: The Secret Life of America's First Lady of Food. (Simon & Schuster, 2005 hardcover, University of Minnesota Press, 2007 paperback) If you want the book, go here.
  • I wrote another book about the history of Band-aids. That was sort of a strange gig. 
  • I wrote a history book on Minnesota. Go here if you love MN history and archival photos.
  • I wrote another history book on Munsingwear - the underwear company.
  • I'm currently writing two novels. But I can't tell you what they are about just yet. 


  • Finding Poppy Pepperdine - 2013 Quarter-finalist for Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and a few other screenwriting competitions.
  • Bridal Bingo
  • 2 work-in-progress screenplays - currently untitled
 DOCUMENTARY FILMS (with filmmaking partner John Kurtis Dehn)


I know I left out a lot, but I think I hit the highlights. Thanks for your interest and support in my art and career. It means a lot to me.

To show my thanks I am leaving you with some images from my various gigs for the sole purpose of entertaining you - because you are awesome.

"Let's Get Down to Business" ad from my book In the Mood for Munsingwear
Looks like Author Susan Marks is giving it away for free. ;-) 

Sock Monkey Betty Crocker made by my talented mother, Alice Marks

Sadly, this Corn-Sausage Pie ad did not make it into my book.

I'm Sorry Cake ad from my book Finding Betty Crocker. This image also hangs on the wall in my kitchen.
My book in the dollar bin! aka the glamorous life.