Local author talks about past life of polygamy, on Rachael Ray show

Twin Falls


By Michelle Costa

A local woman is making national headlines.

A Twin Falls woman who found herself trapped in polygamy is opening up to the world about her lifestyle. On Tuesday, you can watch Susan Ray Schmidt speaking with TV star Rachael Ray.

It's airing on the CW (cable channel 2) at 11:00am.

For Susan Ray Schmidt, it's just another day. But years back, her life was something she couldn't escape: a life of polygamy.

Schmidt said, "For me, polygamy wasn't right in God's eyes. And I recognized that through some of the studying that I started doing and from looking around and seeing people unhappy."

To help her get out her feelings after she'd left the cult, Schmidt wrote a book called His Favorite Wife. Now, the book has been re-published and is called Favorite Wife. It's a story of her life, the good and the bad.

She said, "I wrote it over the period of 20 years. I didn't think I could write to start with, but as I started doing it, the words flowed and it was therapeutic."

At fifteen, she became the sixth wife in a family of polygamy. It's this riveting story that leads her to the spotlight of national television. Schmidt was asked to be on the Rachael Ray Show. It's something she never imagined.

Schmidt said, "It was honestly a dream come true to see the statue of liberty, Times Square and to go on a subway for the first time in my life. It's (polygamy) kind of a hard subject to talk about a lot of people are judgmental."

For Schmidt, telling her story is still difficult. As the last line of her book reads, she simply hopes a few others would find their way out of the whirlpool that sucked them under.

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