About Susan Deitz

Susan Deitz

Susan Deitz

Catapulted into single life as a young widow and single parent, Susan Deitz's unusually deep understanding of her new world was about to be born, a course in undependence (her term for the wholeness needed for a full life) unlike any she had known at Smith College. Totally unprepared for life without a mate, her nights were battles with fear and the dreaded what-ifs. But when those tigers retreated, each new dawn found a more confident woman. On her own, living out her singleness, she was using her own judgment to make decisions for her little family -- minor perhaps in the wider world but crucial for her small family. And they proved to be good ones. From those years of life lessons learned the hard way came a lifework and the world of Single File.

The sun of this universe is the syndicated advice column Single File. Featured for two decades by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, the column has been part of Creators Syndicate for a decade.

Susan also:

--Conceived, created and hosted a four-hour radio program on New York City station WMCA.

--Was the singles expert for six years for the Prodigy online service.

--Co-authored (with Robin Moore, who wrote "The French Connection") "Valency Girl," a factional book about her experiences with Charles Revson of the Revlon cosmetic empire.

--Gave seminars in her original curriculum, "The Art of Living Single," as a part-time professor at The New School in New York.

--Designed, created and conducted a national survey of 1,900 people on single sexuality.

--Wrote a second book, "Single File," which was published by St. Martin's Press and was a Joan Kahn book. It went into second printing and a paperback edition.

--Oversees a popular blog for the column on creators.com.

--Is preparing to make her material available as an application on an electronic device.

--Sends readers (free for the asking) parchment copies of her Declaration of Undependence, Sexual Bill of Rights, and Emancipation Proclamation.


Learn to Say No Jan 17, 2018

From time to time, you may need to end things, as well as begin things. Take phone calls, for instance. How many times have you been involuntarily glued to the phone — having a zillion other things on your plate — because you didn't know ... Read More


Life Support System (Part 2) Jan 10, 2018

Let's pick up right where we left off last week, talking about the creation of your personal support group. Step 4: Phone each of the referrals and explain the reason for your call. They'll be flattered that their professional advice attracts you, bu... Read More


Life Support System (Part 1) Jan 03, 2018

A singleness equated with isolation is as doomed to failure as a marriage expected to bring unending bliss; either way, a life can be no more (or less) than the sum of your choices. That said, I'm going to interest you in forming a support group of s... Read More