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Susan Gibbs

Agent: Susan Gibbs
Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States


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I am the author of three adult historical fiction novels, 'The Bend in the River,' 'The Widow of Port Seaton,' and 'The Coachman,'
a 'Distinguished Favorite of the 2017 Independent Press Awards for Historical Fiction.'

I am an Army Brat born in Anchorage, Alaska and I currently live in Michigan with my husband. I left my career at a large computer services company to start my company and finish my debut novel, 'The Bend in the River.' As I left the office building on my last day of work, I felt as if I were walking off a gangplank. It was a true gamble to leave a secure job and a steady paycheck.

I was thrilled when 'The Bend in the River' was a semi-finalist in the 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the IPPY's). It is still in print since its introduction in 2001 and its reissue in 2004. I was floored that my third novel, 'The Coachman' was honored by the IPA's, an international competition, in 2017.

I know that there are many readers who want a unique, unpredictable, stirring, and riveting story and a safe place to become lost for a few hours. I work very hard to deliver just that. Writing is a very solitary profession, yet I always keep a certain detachment and a primary thought in mind: Would I want to read this book and would I enjoy it? That bit of distance keeps me focused. I love writing and I write for readers that love to read.

To my continued amazement, I receive letters, cards, and e-mails from readers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Great Britain, and Norway who praise 'The Bend in the River.' Two common comments from every fan are that the book was impossible to put down and that 'The Bend in the River' would make a great television mini-series. Readers tell me that they identify with my characters, empathize with them, and keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Men who write to me say, essentially, the same thing about their enjoyment of the story: The men were men and the women were women. High praise!

My characters are never passive and continually grow throughout the story. I focus tightly on realistic portrayals. My characters are unique and undeniably human. I create a relatable world for my characters and my readers. I truly enjoy research to get historical details just right. Weaving such elements into the plot is challenging and I avoid making the story a history lesson.

My favorite books are by writers that are not in the mainstream. I thrive off that bit of unpredictability and I have found some true gems!

My second novel, 'The Widow of Port Seaton,' is set in 1840's Massachusetts. It chronicles the struggles of Gael Somerled, a young widow, who runs a lighthouse in Port Seaton. Her newfound sense of independence is threatened when her minister begins to stalk her.

My third novel, 'The Coachman,' is set in Victorian England. It is the moving story of a young woman raised in Bethnal Green Workhouse and a royal coachman. 'The Coachman' has been honored as a Distinguished Favorite of the 2017 Independent Press Awards for Historical Fiction.

Excerpts and ordering information for all my books can be found at: Please contact me through e-mail at

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • The Bend in the River
  • The Widow of Port Seaton
  • The Coachman