About the Author

Susan Leigh Furlong was born in the middle of blinding spring snowstorm at the University of Michigan, which forced her mother to walk across campus in the snow to the hospital while in labor. Susan doesn’t remember any of this auspicious beginning, but it always makes for a good story! As a child she moved across the country six times to various big cities before the age of fourteen because of her father’s career in women’s ready-to-wear clothing. At college she met and married her love, and moved to his small hometown in southern Ohio, and you couldn’t get her out of there with a crowbar! She taught first grade and fourth grade and raised her children who did not have to change schools even once. Creating stories started early in life—as is typical of most writers—even before she could actually write. Then came handwritten pages stuffed in her underwear drawer, followed by stories created on a manual typewriter. Her first computer—a Commodore 64—was replaced by a series of computers and laptops, which her husband promised she could never fill up the storage space, but she always did. At age 32 she performed in her first community theater play—Guys and Dolls—where she quickly realized that she wanted to play ALL the parts, which is exactly what a writer does. She writes and/or directs church-related plays and sketches and also performs and sings with a music and drama ministry, LightReaders.

Her love of history led her to write two plays about her now hometown, followed by two historical non-fiction books published by Arcadia Publishing. She loves to do the research even though old books and documents make her cough and sneeze! Susan first discovered romance novels when she won a copy of Velvet Song by Jude Deveraux at the local bookstore. She reads all varieties of books, but historical romance is forever her first choice.

The shelves in her closet are filled with her unpublished stories and books, but Steadfast Will I Be and By Promise Made are her first published by The Wild Rose Press.

Calvin & Hobbs

Susan adopted two cats, Calvin, the calico and Hobbes, the orange tabby, as rescues from the Humane Society. They are not littermates but they have been best pals from the first day she brought them home. Calvin is easy-going, curious, and loves to be brushed. Hobbes is feisty, very vocal, and way too smart for his own good! Where you find one, you’ll find the other.

Child Sponsorship

My granddaughter, Allison, and I have sponsored a child living in Chacocente, Nicaragua since 2003. Churches across the United States support this project, which brought families living in a city dump into a self-sufficient rural community. One of our sponsored girls is Heydi who is one month younger than Allison, and she graduated in the second graduating class from the Chacocente School. She now attends college to get a degree in business. Allison and I also support Monica who is studying to be a doctor. For a girl to get a college education in Nicaragua is a rare, and life changing, opportunity. However, both young women have had to suspend their studies because of the pandemic. While their health is of primary concern, our prayers are that the “new normal” will include their continued education. For more information on Chacocente, check out www.outofthedump.org.

List of Favorite Books in no particular order:

  • 1. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux (Given to me as a gift by my husband on our anniversary and is my all-time favorite romance book.)
  • 2. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
  • 3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • 4. The Ladies #1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith (Especially on tape so I can listen to the Botswana accent)
  • 5. Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series (A-Y)
  • 6. George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
  • 7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • 8. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard (My favorite children’s book to read to my first graders.)
  • 9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • 10. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity
  • 11. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • 12. Water for Elephants by Sara Goruen
  • 13. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • 14. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
  • 15. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Favorite Romance Authors – Anything by these writers, but especially their historical series:

  • 1. Nora Roberts
  • 2. Margaret Mallory
  • 3. Eloisa James
  • 4. Kris Kennedy
  • 5. Julie Garwood
  • 6. Linda Lael Miller
  • 7. Jude Deveraux (of course!)