Born and bred in the Midwest, Susan lives on a lake in the beautiful state of Texas with her wickedly funny husband and their two mixed breed dogs, Tanner and Lady.
An author, blogger, nature-junkie, and believer in Happily Ever After, she’s been a mom, wife, color consultant, researcher, salesperson, university dean, and science writer, among other things.
She loves the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, fishing, Star Wars, outdoor photography, Harry Potter books, journaling, pizza, Catfish and Carp YouTube videos, classic movies, musicals and collecting quotations.
Susan says the only worthwhile gamble is to gamble with your life… by risking changing it forever. She went to graduate school, full-time, at thirty-six years old, with three children at home, to get a neurobiology Ph.D. She switched from teaching high school to teaching college, to being a university dean—each time moving across country to do so. Twice she and her husband have completed whole-house renovations. After all this, amazingly, their marriage and their love are still intact.
Susan began writing romance because she wanted to do something completely different than her day-to-day life. She hadn’t written fiction since seventh grade, when she and her friends created fantastical Nancy Drew mysteries—fan fiction, ahead of its time. She enjoys using her imagination to create stories of love and romance about women worth knowing and men worth loving … none of whom are perfect.
In her books the only thing sacred is the Happily Ever After. Like you, she reads for pleasure and for escape. “I don’t want to waste my time on a book that winds up being depressing or sad. No thank you! I expect a romance to leave me satisfied and happy. And that is what I want to bring to my readers.”
But beyond the HEA, all bets are off… Susan loves skirting around expectations and bringing a fresh twist to her characters. So her heroines might fall for the wrong man. They might not always be assertive enough to satisfy the gender role police, just as her heroes may not always be perfectly politically correct in their attitudes and behavior. “Face it,” she says. “How many truly perfect men are out there? I write fiction, not fantasy.”
Admittedly, the men in her novels are usually tall, strong, and devastating, but they are unlikely to be billionaires. They are smart, reasonably realistic, and are able to appreciate (eventually) strong and intelligent women.
Most important, although her characters are fictional, the love she writes about is real.
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