About Susan

For the love of fine stories… First, I wrote a memoir, that was eighteen years ago. It was easy to write my story, it was not easy to write about me but I did and I was hooked, not just on writing but storytelling.

IMG_0461 About: Susan A. Jennings was born in Britain of a Canadian mother and British father. Both her Canadian and British heritages are often featured in her writing and it did in fact, inspired her to write The Blue Pendant Book I of The Sackville Trilogy a perfect example of a trans-Atlantic saga that spans more than thirty years 1913 – 1947.

Raised and educated in Britain, Susan immigrated to Canada with her young family many years ago. She lives and writes in Ottawa Ontario. Susan began to take her writing career seriously after writing her memoir, ‘Save Some For Me’ a story of marital abuse and some hilarious misadventures of a single mother of five. She has just published a second edition with a slightly altered title of Save Some For Me And what about you? Susan made some minor revisions and wrote two new chapters describing her life up to date.

Susan’s ability to write a good story makes her an eclectic writer, having no difficulty switching from nonfiction to fiction; the story ideas just multiply as she writes. Her repertoire includes a series of short stories and lighthearted cozy mysteries and historical fiction, particularly the Edwardian and Victorian eras. Her most recent publication is a new series of contemporary romance stories. The Lavender Cottage series ( Originally the The Narrowboat Romance Series.)

 Who is Susan?  Through the words, she reads. My favorite genres: mystery and historical fiction. My favorite authors are Anne Perry, Victorian mysteries, I get a double fix with mystery and history, Elizabeth George, mysteries in current settings and P.D.James, current and historical. Other authors are Elizabeth Gilbert, historical science and self-reflection, Bryce Courtenay, historical Africa and Australia and Maeve Binchy historical Ireland, Paula Mclain, historical novelist featuring famous author Ernest Hemmingway, and Susanna Kearsley and Kate Morton’s, time slip novels. Canadian authors Cathy Marie Buchanan, Nancy Reichler and Tanys Rider, authors who have set their novels in historical times and many more, too many to mention. My Books Page

I wonder what my choices of books and authors, reveal about me?

One thing that struck me was that each of these authors writes about strong female characters. I have a great deal of admiration for women who have struggled for recognition or fought under an unfair system, especially the brave women of history who have paved the way for future generations. Perhaps this reveals my secret. Do your favourite authors reveal any of your secrets?

For the love of writing ... That could be my mantra except it took me several decades to admit to it, and I am not going to admit how many. My advice to young writers; embrace your passion; weave the writing into your current lives. Waiting until the family is grown, the new career is on its way or retirement is looming will only deprive you of many hours, months and years of the pleasure of writing. 

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