Susan Aylworth is a professor emeritus of English at California State University, Chico, where she taught for 30 years, a wife of 40 years, mother of seven children and author of nine published novels. One favorite work is “Gertrude,” a one-woman play that allows Hamlet’s mother to rebut four centuries of accusations. She loves poems, plays, words in almost all forms, and good raspberry jam. She lives in northern California with her husband, Roger, a dog called Pirate, and two quirky cats. Like most women of her generation, she wishes the grandkids would visit more often.