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Susan Louineau was born in 1966 in Bombay, India to a linguist father and a school teacher mother. She is the youngest of three with two brothers five and six years her senior. The family moved to Eindhoven, Holland with her father's job, then to Cambridge and subsequently Oxford. She was educated at St Helen's, Abingdon and St. Edward's, Oxford. She holds a first Class BA (Hons) in French and English Language from La Nouvelle Sorbonne and the Open University.
Susan's international background and the strong influence of her father's language skills drew her to travelling. She spent nine months sleeping on a beach in Greece, backpacked through Egypt and Israel, temped as a legal secretary in Australia but was ultimately drawn to France. As a child she was struck by the exoticism of French food and culture and has remained smitten ever since.
Whilst studying in Paris and working in a bookshop she met her husband, Jean-Christophe. With their first child, Jack, and with Anaïs on the way, they moved to the Loire Valley. After seven years the call of home became overwhelming and she persuaded her husband to move to the UK. She has lived in West Cornwall for the last ten years where she works as a translator and unpaid taxi driver to her teenage children. In her spare time she collects languages, loves gardening and has developed a penchant for reggae music!
Susan has been writing stories since she read 'Brer Rabbit', her first ever story, at the age of 4. 'It has just always been a part of me; almost an addiction! Humanity and places are my greatest sources of inspiration; people's life stories can be so absurd that they wouldn't be believable on paper. I am never more comfortable in my skin as when I have a novel on the go. I could not imagine life without writing.'