About Me


Hi, my name is Susan and I am a Writer.

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I spent years writing technical documentation and developing marketing materials for high-tech engineering firms. Even though I enjoyed working with genius engineers, I always suspected that writing fiction would be more fun, and I was right. I am now a fantasy/science fiction author living in Huntsville, Alabama (aka the Rocket City) with my husband.

Is-possible-AncAliens_smMy love of creating plausible fictional cultures is rooted in my early college days as an archaeology/anthropology major. Articles and documentaries on the ancient Hittites, Egyptians, Mayans, or other extinct cultures still make my eyes light up. My mind is usually wandering around the intersection of Ancient Aliens and Indiana Jones searching for nuggets of inspiration for a new story.

ZATZLogoSquarishOnce while letting my imagination roam freely, I invented a children’s board game called Zombies at the Zoo, just for my family and particularly for a precocious little guy who had been watching The Walking Dead with his mom since he was four years old. It’s good, old-fashioned, non-terrifying, Zombie Apocalypse Fun. It may not be much competition for video games or an iPad, but it reinforces basic counting, matching, and alphabet recognition skills.

Chocolate chip ice cream is my personal Kryptonite. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m binge-watching television mysteries and period dramas or going to the movies. Sadly, my cherished collection of nearly 400 Star Trek paperbacks and Star Wars collectibles stopped growing when I ran out of shelf space, but my children still quibble over who will inherit which items. When my schedule permits, I enjoy handcrafts like crocheting and quilting because it looks like I’m doing something useful while in fact I am pondering how to work out tricky plot points.

The Origin Key is my first novel, and is the first book in the Treasures of Dodrazeb series. Send me an email at sdmcphail53@gmail.com or you can find me online at www.sdmcphail.com. Follow me on Twitter @susan_mcphail or Facebook at SDMcPhail.

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