Susannah Herrada, Research Specialist and Media Writer
Susannah embodies the term "creative writer." Whether she is sharing stories from the road, blogging on the highs and lows of parenthood and marriage, or reviewing the best techniques and materials for do-it-yourself home projects, her transparent take on life keeps readers engaged, entertained, and sometimes shedding tears.
Having blogged for The Washington Times as well "I Only Love You Because I Have To," she now maintains her own world traveler blog "Not At Home Mom," where she shares the adventures of traveling with kids in places as far flung as Cuba and Peru.
Although she kicked off her writing career rather inauspiciously in preschool with a run-on sentence about a flying horse, she has given up wide-ruled paper in favor of her Dell tablet, which she takes on the road so that her experiences may be "saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness," as Anne Morrow Lindbergh once said.
As WWM's "Grant Guru," Susannah handles the kind of tedious work most people don't want to touch--grant research and writing. But somehow she finds excitement in the tedium of helping clients find funding for everything ranging from geospatial mapping projects to citizen science initiatives. She is also mistress of making obtuse topics almost purr. She has provided ghost blog writing on techie topics for non-techie executives for clients ranging from CRM developer Nutshell to financial software guru SunGard.
When she's not trying to make the rest of us think IT is sexy, Susannah engages in a fair amount of globetrotting, having traveled in more than 50 countries, much of it as an immersion traveler. With husband and kids in tow, she spends almost a third of every year on the road and has traveled through Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South America.