A Bit About Me

I’m lucky to live in the beautiful country of New Zealand near the seaside city of Tauranga. My husband Lionel and I have a small farm where we’re surrounded by horses, goats, chickens and our much-loved pets, Lili the cat and dogs, Loki and Thor. I also help at our local animal shelter, the SPCA, and foster cats and kittens. So, as you can see, I’m a big animal lover. I guess it’s no surprise then that many of my books feature animals.

I also have a history degree and a great love of social history that is often reflected in my books. And I have a thirst for writing riveting adventure stories that draw the reader in. So far, I’ve written over sixty books for children and teens, and I just can’t stop!

I love hearing from my readers so please feel free to email me with any questions you might have. Thanks, and happy reading!

Earlier Publications

Below are just some Susan’s earlier publications.

Famous Animals

There are many true and remarkable stories about the courage and devotion of animals. In Famous Animals I retell some of these, like the brave Gallipoli donkey who saved thousands of injured soldiers, and the little dog who guarded his master’s grave long after he was gone.

Journey to the New World

In 1848, Hannah escapes the potato famine in Ireland and leaves behind everything she knows to begin a new life in America. But first she must survive a long and torturous sea voyage with only her courage, new friends, and a tattered diary to guide her.

Across the Oregon Trail

This is the story of one boy’s gruelling hourney across America over 150 years ago during the great westward expansion of the United States. Jem must face a battle with the grizzly bear of his nightmares before he can lead his family safely to their new home.

War Heroes

The heroes of World War One and Two were ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary situations. Read some of their amazing stories, from the daring escapers of Colditz Castle to the fearless woman spy, Odette Churchill.

The White Jaguar

The White Jaguar When Pauli finds a beautiful white jaguar lying helpless on the jungle floor, he knows he will do anything to save her – even if it means confronting his worst fear.

Rebels and Revolutions

Over the centuries, many people have fought to bring about changes in our way of life and ways of thinking. Read about some of the great rebels and revolutionary thinkers of our world.

Cat Culture

Cats have fascinated us for centuries. We’ve written about them, told jokes about them, and even worshipped them. Discover not just the cat’s whiskers, but a whole cat culture!


Horses have held a special place in our hearts and lives for thousands of years. Learn about horses and their place in our history, from the mighty warhorse of long ago to the dancing, prancing beauties of today.

Wild Planet

Earth is home to a wonderful variety of wildlife. But some animals and plants are in danger of becoming extinct. Now we must work together to save our wild planet.

Voices from the Civil War

The Civil War split the new nation of America in two. Learn about the reasons and hear firsthand from the people involved in the terrible battles.

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