Historical Fiction / Fantasy

A native Californian, Susan grew up in western Malibu, riding her horse on the beach and in the hills, weaving stories and daydreaming.  Now, a lifetime later, she still rides in the Santa Monica Mountains—either on a horse or a motorcycle—enjoying flights of fancy along the way.

During the intervening years, Susan earned a degree in history from UCLA, became a CPA, worked for an international biotechnology company, and raised a family.

To the Waters and the Wild combines Susan’s love of history with the magical daydreams of her youth.

For more on Susan, please visit her website.


The Long Sadness (2014)

To the Waters and the Wild (2019)

Biggest literary influencers:

Betty Smith, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C.S. Lewis, Daphne du Maurier, John Steinbeck, Pierre Berton, Nevil Shute, and W.H. Hudson

Last book read:

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The book that changed your life:

The books that changed my life were those read to me by my parents when I was young.  To name a few, The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson), The Story about Ping (Marjorie Flack & Kurt Wiese), The Secret Garden, and A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) introduced me to the power of storytelling and the joy of reading.

Your favorite literary character:

Some of my favorites are Scarlett O’Hara and Melanie Wilkes (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell), John Sidney Howard (Pied Piper by Nevil Shute), and Francie Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith).  Each of these characters has an abundance of spirit, perseverance, and strength.  They inspire me.

Currently working on:

A sequel to To the Waters and the Wild.

Words to live by:

I think Carl Sandburg said it best: Nothing happens unless first we dream.

Advice to new and aspiring authors:

Tell your story. Don’t worry about anything else.