Suzanne Parker Sweeten moved to Hot Springs Village from Little Rock in 2010 with her husband, Bob. After spending 35 years working within the medical field, Sweeten longed to drink coffee, enjoy her two schnauzers, and bask in the beauty of her Hot Springs Village community.
A million cups of coffee later, she accepted a position working on the Hot Springs Village Voice as a part-time reporter. Two years ago she began writing The Sweet Life, a column of everyday musings about family, friends and neighbors.
Sweeten is a native Arkansan, reared in Hot Spring County, and she attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. She is the mother of three and grandmother of four, and her family is prominently featured in her columns.
“I’m a proud Arkansan, and Southerners are born storytellers. I want my readers to know me by my work and want them to see the people I love most, through my eyes. There’s nothing better than having someone say, ‘Your column’s the first thing I look for in the paper.’ I love it.”