Susan T. Layug came to the United States from the Philippines as a single parent determined to provide a future for her then-10-year-old son. Like many new adult immigrants, she did what it took to pursue this common dream. She worked as a housekeeper of north shore houses in her early years, then later as an airline reservations agent and as a sales manager of a small-sized home health agency. Through the years, between long hours of work and single parenting, she managed to sneak in her true passionâ€”her personal writings. Her work has won awards, and has been aired on Chicago Public Radio.