I’ve been writing since childhood. Everything from short stories, full length novels, screenplays and even dabbled at poetry. I wrote because I loved it and it was also a means of escaping. I was horribly, painfully introverted. My stories allowed me to be whoever I wanted to be.

My secret dream was to be an author, but I never thought it would be possible. I knew how hard it was to ‘get published’ so I didn’t even bother to submit any of my work to a traditional publishing house.

It was an accidental journey to becoming a full time, published author. I tell people that I didn’t do it on purpose, even though it was a lifelong dream.

It started out as a whim of sorts. I wanted to give my mother a Kindle for her birthday. I thought it would be a hoot if when she turned the Kindle on for the first time, the first book she saw would be something I had written. And so it began.

I would get up at 3:30 every morning just to write. At the time, we only had one computer in the house so very early morning hours were my only opportunity to write. My husband thought I was getting up early to play Farmville!

I shared a few chapters with a very dear friend of mine, thinking she’d say “Cute. But don’t give up your day job.” I was floored when she emailed me back and said, “Where is the rest of it?? I want to read more!” I thought she was just being nice.

Somewhere along the way, my husband had discovered my little book on the computer. I had to come clean and explain to him what I was doing. I also asked him for help. I’m not a technical person, but I figured there had to be a way to get my book onto Mamma’s Kindle. Now, anyone who knows my husband knows what a research nut he is. Give him the most obscure or offbeat or technical idea or question and he’ll research the heck out of it! I had explained to him that I had seen a link at Amazon that said “Publish Your Book To Kindle,” but that I hadn’t bothered with it. I was convinced that all I needed was a ‘cord’ of some sort to hook up between my computer and Mamma’s Kindle.

A few days later, my husband informed me that I couldn’t just put my book on mom’s Kindle. I had to actually publish it. I believed him. He’s smart, this husband of mine, and he’d never lied to me before.

My dear husband and I...yes, he IS a great kisser!
My dear husband and I…yes, he IS a great kisser!

I figured what the heck, go for it. What did I have to lose? No one would want to buy my book anyway. Now, deep down I had a secret desire to actually sell a copy, but I wouldn’t speak the words out loud. I thought it would be wonderful if I sold just ten little copies. In my lifetime. Ten. That was a good goal.

Without the aid of an editor or cover artist and not having a clue what I was doing, I decided to go for it. I figured that I didn’t want to wake up on my 60th birthday and wonder what if…. So In December of 2011 I published Laiden’s Daughter.

By February of 2012, it was number 2 on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller’s List! Blew. My. Mind. I thought it would take a lifetime to sell ten copies. I was certain it had to be a mistake of some kind. But when I started getting one message after another, one positive review after another, I realized it wasn’t a mistake….I was now an author.

I was selling more than 250 copies a day! I didn’t have a clue what that meant, if in fact it meant anything at all. All that I knew was that I was over-the-moon happy and people were asking for more!

I remember my first royalty check from Amazon/KDP. $78.69. I cried because I felt like I had arrived. By October of 2012, I was able to give up my day job (selling insurance) in order to write full time. That still blows my mind. I am able to do things now that would not have been possible prior to December of 2011. I have the most amazing life.

In all honesty, it has never been about the money; its always been about the writing. Are my books perfection personified? Hardly. But I do know that my writing gets better with each new book — and that is how it should be. I want to write stories that people will enjoy. I want to help people escape the ordinary, for just a little while.

Now, I have three editors, a very talented cover artist, a street team, beta readers and other indie authors who are very dear friends. I owe much of my success to my street team, Suzan’s Highland Lassies. This is a group of beautiful, sweet and smart women who I consider dear friends. I couldn’t get through a book launching without them!

I also believe I have the most beautiful readers anywhere. I know that I would not be where I am today if it were not for them.

So there you have it. I’m proof that dreams can come true and that happily-ever-afters are real.

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23 thoughts on “About Suzan Tisdale

  1. Susan,

    I finished Laiden’s Daughter last night. It was fantastic. I spent a good 20 minutes this morning (at work) looking for Findley’s Lass. Can’t wait. I moved you to my “buy anything they write” category, with Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Jayne Ann Krentz.

    As a sista leaning slidin’ into 60, I feel ya’ on not wanting any “what if’s”. In fact you’ve inspired me to get off my duff I jump into this next phase of life. My three sons are grown and going and I wish I’d thought of donations for the food and shoe fund. Be thankful you don’t have a drummer whose life mission was to beat up the sofa.

    God bless your wonderful efforts.

    Pamela Rose

  2. Pamela, you made my day! I am so glad that you enjoyed “Laiden’s Daughter”. And to be added to such a stellar lists of authors is an unbelievable honor! Thank you!

    I’m working diligently on “Findley’s Lass” and hope to have that released before December. ;o)

    Thanks again and have a beautiful week!


  3. Suzan,

    I just finished “Laiden’s daughter” yesterday… I was so disappointed…not of the book…I thought it would take a week to read it, but i couldn’t put it down… My 2 year old was playing with his father and i was reading…. It’s wonderful… I can’t wait to read the next book.. . Thank you for “Laiden’s daughter. Sandra from Germany

  4. I was to fast… I thought I would need a week to read it, but it was only 1 and a half day…. I thought I could read it, while witing for another release this week…So I choose this one.. I looked for another book of yours…. So I agree with Pamela… I “buy anything you write”….

  5. Awww! I am so glad that you liked it! I miss my little boy being 2 ;o) Isn’t it nice when husbands help like that? I tell you, I find my husband at his sexiest when he is helping me around the house! lol

    I am working on Findley’s Lass! ;o) I promise it will be out before Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!


  6. I began Laiden’s daughter last night and finished today. Loved the story! Loved your telling of it! I will eagerly await the release of Findley’s Lass and any others on the Clan MacDougall 🙂

  7. Oh wow!! You are fabulous! I am so glad I found your books on my kindle. I “inhaled” Laiden’s Daughter and Findley’s Lass. I cannot WAIT for the rest. Now I am hoping for stories about Nial, Caelen, Black Richard….I could keep going! Thank you for sharing your writing! You are now on my “countdown until the next book” list. Keep ’em coming……

  8. Wow!!’ Thank you!!! You made my week! The next books are: Wee Williams’s Woman, Rowan’s Lady, Blake Richard’s Heart, and Speaking From The Heart. :-). I’m also contemplating a Prequel telling Angus and Laiden’s Story. :-). Knowing me, I’ll come up with books for Nial and Caelen too!

    I also have a few regencies in mind. 😉

    Thank you so much for your kind words!


  9. Can’t wait to get my eyes on Wee William’s Woman! I will be going to Ireland for a tour of their castles next June and I will be taking all the books you can write by then so I can pretend they live there! LOL I shared you on my Facebook page also.

  10. I am so honored and thrilled to have a copy of Findley’s Lass to take to Ireland with me. I am telling everyone what a wonderful writer you are. I love the mixture of the funny, sad, and drama. My husband knows when I enjoy a book because I laugh out loud at the funny places. Keep up the good work! Believe me I know good work when I read it. I have read all of my life. We did not have a TV when we were growing up, so I lost myself in books.
    You are a Jewel!!
    Thanks again! Your biggest fan.

  11. I have read both Laiden’s Daughter and Finley’s Lass and was so eager to read about Wee William but I will try and be patient until it’s released. I loved both books and was wondering if you ever get close to Southwest Iowa to do book signings? I would love to get hard copies of these books and have you sign them. You are a wonderful writer and I hope to follow in your footsteps one day.
    Crystal Hensen

  12. Thank you for your kind words! I will be in Burlington, Iowa the first Saturday I’m December. But that is probably a few hours from you. I will ask my assistant to look in to scheduling some signings close to you. You can send me an email to: author.romance@yahoo.com and we’ll see what we can do! 🙂



  13. I just finished Laiden’s daughter! I LOVED it! I have been to Scotland a few times and it is my favorite place on earth. I could see the Highlands in my mind while I read. I also can hear the accent in your writing, I love it! can’t wait to read your next books. I read fast and often so I am always looking for new authors, I’m glad I stumbled on Laiden’s daughter! Thank you!


  14. Awwww!! I’m so glad you liked it! Findley’s Lass is the second boom I the series. I released that in September.

    I’m working on Wee Willis Woman right now. I hope to release it in a few months ;-).

    Thanks for taking the time to stop here. I really appreciate it!!

    Have a beautiful day!!



  15. I love all the books! Can’t wait for Black Richard’s Heart. Unless it’s out and I haven’t been lucky :(. I’m 22 and these sagas are amazing, my fav is Rowan’s Lady and the Bowie Bride!

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