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About Susan

I’ve come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, I got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (I’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before I settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

I’m the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series, and I also host the popular newsletter for writers, the Misfits & Daydreamers. When not writing, I’m slaying darkspawn (on my PS4) or earning bruises at the dojo.

I live in the Midwestern US with my French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about me on my twitter, instagram, or newsletter.

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I’ve come a long way from small-town Georgia, where I suffered from mosquitoes, humidity, and a desperate desire to live in a castle. There were also hippie vegetarian parents involved. Needless to say, I read a lot in those days and often composed wretched stories for my sister’s amusement (basically, I DMed your entire childhood, sis. You’re welcome).

Eventually, I went off to university, got a Masters in marine biology and statistics, and thought I would devote my life to saving the world from overfishing…

Until I met a handsome Frenchman, that is.

A year later, when it came to pursuing my PhD or joining aforementioned Frenchie in Europe, I chose the latter (duh). With no oceans nearby and a rather dissatisfying day job, I turned my attention to writing for publication. Three years later, my debut novel, Something Strange and Deadly was published by HarperCollins, which some people called a “masterpiece” (those people were my parents).

All three books — and the prequel novella — are now in stores! Also be sure to look for my more recent New York Times bestselling  Witchlands series — the first four are on shelves. Or, you can read my free novel, The Executioners Three on Wattpad.

These days, I spends most of my time writing more novels or teaching aspiring authors. I also enjoy long walks on the beach — no joke! Tidal pools are always fun to marine science nerds. I also enjoy long walks with my dogs (an Irish setter named Asimov and a terrier mutt named Princess Leia), karate, gaming (I have a Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and gaming PC. And oh yes, I also clearly have a problem), and — of course — reading. Science fiction, fantasy, literary — all genres are consumed with enthusiasm.

Oh, and my favorite food is cookies. Without gluten. I consume those with enthusiasm, too.

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