About The Author


Susan’s Story

Susan Holt was born in Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand. She was an avid reader as she grew up, partly because she was a bit of a loner, but mostly because she loved the worlds she visited, the people she met, and the adventures they had.

Susan loved TV and movies for the same reason. The stories she experienced changed the way she viewed the world, herself, and other people. That’s why she’s also an actress.

Stories help us understand ourselves and others, whether they’re set in Wales or off world. Susan wants her readers to have the same learning experiences she did; to be drawn into another place and time; to see through different eyes.

Sci fi and fantasy can get a bad rap. Susan loves them because the hero can do anything and go anywhere – and she doesn’t have to ask anyone’s permission or get the facts straight about the time period or clothing.

So she was – and still is – shaped by books by Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings and CS Lewis as well as ones like Bryce Courtenay’s ‘The Power of One’. By movies like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘About Time’ as well as ‘Les Miserables’ (the one with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush is her favourite).

Because humans are wired for story. Stories can help us live well… if they teach us the right things. Stories can also be used for ill – to frighten, or bring hopelessness and doubt.

Susan means to do good with her stories.

Susan Holt