Sue William Silverman

Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction

Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir

Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You


Contact Sue at 616.847.1991
alternate e-mail: suewilliamsilverman(at)

Sue is the author of three memoirs and a craft book on how to write memoir. She is also a professional speaker on such topics as sexual addiction, child abuse prevention, family dynamics, and her journey as a Jewish writer. She delivers presentations at colleges and universities, professional conferences, and social service organizations. She also speaks about the importance of writing your life story.

Sue has appeared on many national radio and television programs such as The View, Anderson Cooper-360, CNN-Headline News, the Discovery Channel, a John Stossel Special on ABC-TV, the Montel Williams Show, the Ricki Lake Show, the Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. She was also featured in an episode of "The Secret Lives of Women" on WE-TV. Sue teaches writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.


The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, the University of Nebraska Press, American Lives Series, edited by Tobias Wolff. The book was a finalist in the IndieFab Book of the Year Award.

Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction, was also made into a Lifetime Television Original Movie.

Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction

Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir is for beginning and experienced writers alike, and is a road map for writing life stories. It is a step-by-step guide to shaping memory into art, to turning imagery into metaphor – all the elements needed to craft raw experience into a fully formed story.


The book describes my search for authentic self-identity – a search complicated by my conflicted feelings toward Judaism and my various efforts to “pass” as Christian. At the heart of this journey are three separate encounters with 1960s pop-music icon, turned Christian activist, Pat Boone, who plays a pivotal role in my desire to belong to the dominant culture.
"A deeply personal story of a woman's addiction to and recovery from the high of dangerous encounters. This utterly candid account is the only memoir by a woman to examine sexual addiction. It is a powerful, often lyrical book with strong resonance for other addictions, whether to food, drugs, alcohol, or work--for anyone whose only satisfaction is now." (Click on title, above, to read excerpt.)
Winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Creative Nonfiction
"A harrowing memoir of the mute language of incest and the powerful words of survival."(Click on title, above, to read excerpt.)
This is a guidebook about how to craft compelling art out of personal experience. "Fearless Confessions" is for beginning and experienced writers alike, who want to write their own life stories. Please click title to see the Table of Contents.
Please click on title to read selected poems. "Silverman's collection is a bracing debut--rangy, restless, giddy with lush particulars." ~~ David Wojahn
This short article, first published in "The Writer's Chronicle," is included in the Appendix of Sue's book, "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir."
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