Susan’s family came to Florida in the late 1800s and has been there for five generations. She borrowed from, as she says, “memories of our old cracker family stories” while working on both books in the Toad Springs series. She also cowrote the memoir A Quiet Voice about Vietnam veteran Eugene Hairston and his struggle to overcome addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and homelessness.
In a few of her personal adventures, Susan has found fossils in the Peace River in Florida and on Rainbow Mountain in Alaska, tramped for two days through a Philippine jungle to get medical supplies to the natives, and gone zip-lining through the jungle canopy in Costa Rica. She’s sipped high tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, trekked to the remains of an ancient castle in the Czech Republic, and gone skydiving.
Susan currently resides in Dunedin, Florida, near her family.