Writing under two pen names is challenging, but fun. I come fresh to every story, desperate to begin, and sad to say goodbye to each and every character. Susan Stephens stories feature exotic locations, hot dangerous men, and strong determined women, while Xandra King explores themes with a touch of the supernatural, or, as in… Read More
Susan Stephens was a professional singer before meeting her
husband on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta.
In true romance style they met on Monday, became engaged on
Friday and were married three months later. They are still
very much in love, though Susan does not advise her three
children to return home with a similar story as she may not
take the news with the same fortitude as her own mother!
Susan had written several non—fiction books when fate
took a hand. At a charity costume ball there was an
after—dinner auction. One of the lots —
‘Spend A Day With An Author’ — had been
donated by bestselling Mills & Boon author Penny Jordan.
Susan’s husband bought this lot, and Penny was to
become not just a great friend, but a wonderful mentor who
encouraged Susan to write romance.
Susan loves her family, her pets, her friends and her
writing. She enjoys entertaining, travel and going to
theatre and concerts. She reads voraciously, knits, cooks
and plays the piano to relax, and can also be found throwing
herself off mountains on a pair of skis or galloping through
by Xandra King The idea for the adventures of Celestina came to me while I was reading about the real life wife of Sultan Suleiman, who had been his slave in the harem, but who ended up capturing the heart of a Sultan and becoming his wife. Roxelana is still revered in modern day Turkey,… Read More
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