Sue Hagan grew up in the Midwest, spent two decades in the New York area and now lives in northern California. As a previously unpublished writer, she has been involved in the writing process for many years. She took memoir writing and screen-writing classes for several years at a local community college, participated in many writing programs at conferences and retreats, and is currently a member of Left Coast Writers. Her latest project is a middle grade adventure story.
Sue Hagan’s extensive business career took her from graduate school at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (with a finance major) to positions in finance and accounting in New York City. She spent several years as operations manager for 2 New York banks’ derivative products units. Upon moving to California, she stayed in that field, working at major banks on the West Coast. More recently, she worked for a financial services software start-up specializing in payments processing, then became a payments processing manager at a San Francisco private bank. Recently retired, she enjoys being in the outdoors (which she didn’t see much of when she was working) and greatly appreciates the opportunity to write when and where she chooses.
Sue Hagan has been involved in meditation practices and personal growth since having a Near Death Experience (NDE) in the 1980s. She has delved into non-dualistic wisdom traditions and is a graduate of the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Marin County, CA, and was a participant in the Ridhwan Diamond Heart program for several years. A person of faith, she is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. She believes that spiritual information can be accessed through direct experience and mindfulness practices, regardless if the vehicle is a religious organization or some other tradition, and that pursuing one’s own inner spiritual development should be encouraged.
After being a caregiver for close family members who were dying, Sue became interested in the topic of how a dying person approaches the end of his/her life. To understand the institutional side of dying, she recently completed the San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project Introduction to Mindful Caregiving Course and Final Passages’ Introduction to Conscious Dying and The Home Funeral Movement.
Writing As the Curtain Falls has been a labor of love for Sue, and she offers it to the larger community to be of service to others. She has decided to donate a portion of any profits from the book to charitable organizations that she supports.