I was born in 1951 and educated at Rochester Grammar School and Durham University, where I studied History. I've done a few things in my life: played the piano in a ballet school, worked in Woolworth's, scrubbed steps in hospitals, and taught English in Indonesia, among others. Before leaving to raise two daughters, now adult, for 12 years I taught children with special educational needs, and enjoyed it immensely. At around the same time I spent 17 years as a Samaritan volunteer, where I certainly received more than I gave. I learned a lot, not least how privileged my life was and is.
Even as a child I knew I wanted to write. At around 12 I had a clutch of rejection slips I was quite proud of in a perverse kind of way. But life tends to interrupt and all I ever did was sigh and complain until some friends challenged me to get on and write the novel - before my 50th birthday. The result was 'Leviathan with a Fish-hook' (2009.) By the last page it was clear that the story wasn't over, and one became two ('The Monster Behemoth' 2010)and two became three ('The Land of Nimrod' 2011). A stand-alone called 'A Shed in a Cucumber Field' came out in 2014, followed in 2016 by 'An Iron Yoke,' and in 2017 by 'A Vision of Locusts', published by Instant Apostle. The genre is contemporary British Christian fiction. I write without apology for the greater glory of God, but the stories are neither preachy nor pious but realistic, with characters that have patchwork histories, doubts, flaws and failures, rather than haloes - just like me, and probably you as well.
I live in Kent UK with my husband and Rosie the dog. My other love is music: I sing, play the flute and am a church organist.
I have a website www.slrussell.net and a blog www.suerussellsblog.blogspot.co.uk which you are very welcome to visit and do leave a comment if you wish.