Born and raised in Faith, North Carolina, Susan M. Boyer was blessed with a quintessential small-town childhood. She’s had a life-long love affair with books, and is grateful to have been gifted with an over-active imagination. Susan was one of those children whose teachers were always telling her mamma that her talents needed to be “channeled.” She’s been making things up and writing them down her whole life.
Susan took a sampler’s approach to education. She attended N.C. State University, Catawba College, and College of Charleston. She has a long list of majors, one of which was English. Unfortunately, none of the above institutions could be convinced that her hodgepodge of credits–though impressive in number–merited awarding Susan a degree.
Because computer programming offered a steady paycheck, Susan practiced that art for a while, then segued into systems analysis, and later project management.
But her day job interfered with her writing habit, so in 2004, Susan had to give up rush hour, project plans, and staff meetings. She declared herself unemployable by any other means and has spent her days writing and daydreaming too much in her pajamas ever since.
Susan’s debut novel, Lowcountry Boil is a USA Today Bestseller, an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a Macavity nominee for Best First Novel, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense recipient, and a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Lowcountry Bombshell, the second Liz Talbot Mystery, was released September 3, 2013 and is also a USA Today Bestseller. Lowcountry Boneyard came out April 21, 2015, and was a USA Today Bestseller, Spring 2015 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick, was short-listed for the 2016 Pat Conroy Beach Music Mystery Prize, and is a 2016 Daphne du Maurier finalist for the Mainstream Mystery/Suspense award. Lowcountry Bordello followed November 3, 2015. Lowcountry Book Club released July 5th, 2016 and was a Summer 2016 SIBA Okra Pick. Susan plans for Liz Talbot to have many more cases to solve.
Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal, among others. She is the recipient of Relief Journal’s editor’s choice award in fiction and has been recognized by the Carrie McCrary Memorial Literary Awards program.
She served on the board of directors for South Carolina Writers’ Workshop 2006 – 2009, and was chairperson for the organization’s annual conference 2007 – 2008.