When Susan Keogh won an elementary school writing contest and a trip to a regional young writers conference, she hadn’t realized that experience was the beginning of a love affair with words. Keogh was raised in a large family where reading was encouraged. Through her mother’s interest in history, Keogh grew to admire such authors as Michael Shaara and Bruce Catton, a fellow Michigan writer who focused on the American Civil War. So it was no wonder that her first writing credit was a featured article in the magazineAmerica’s Civil War. Keogh’s particular interest in the Civil War led her into re-enacting for several years as a field musician.

Keogh’s most recent time period of historical interest is early colonial America.  She has crafted a series of novels that center around the adventures of Jack Mallory, a young Englishmen who is both pirate and eventually the patriarch of a large rice plantation in the colonial province of Carolina.

Outside of her writing life, Keogh works in the health care field and enjoys travel (preferably to warm places outside of her native Michigan!), the arts, pickleball, and equestrian activities.

5 Responses to About

  1. joe mishler says:

    Hey, I tried to find you last summer, but didn’t have a clue. I know that you at one time were into Civil War Re-enacting. And I think you did work on SArah Emma Edmonds. If so, I’d love to discuss this topic with you. I actually wrote a play about her and produced it at the high school.
    I’m writing, mostly plays. My current wife, Linda, and I started our own theatre company in Holly. We are currently in the middle of our very first production. It’s called “Love is murder” by Tim Kelly and it is about romance fiction writers and a body. It is wild and zany.
    Yes, I love retirement. I am busy with a lot of things. Nothing new there. So what’s new on your end. I thought you lived on Utely (Sp) in Flint. I think of those critique groups from time to time. I even have good thoughts about the FAW.
    We live in Holly on the river. Our theatre company is called the Blue Heron Theatre Company because we are visited frequently by herons.
    Love your site.

    Joe Mishler

  2. Susan Keogh says:

    Dear Susan,
    This may be slightly disconcerting but I too am Susan Keogh – a book editor in Australia. I too adored Marguerite Henry’s books when I was a child and, although very little American history is taught here, I did know that there was a Keogh involved in the Battle of Little Big Horn (the name grabbed my attention). I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction (not least those children’s books by Marguerite Henry) but I work almost exclusively in non-fiction. I’m just intrigued at the random coincidence that we have the same name, work in the same field and read some of the same books (I also have shares in racehorses – is that where we differ?). But should someone contact you wanting an editor to work on a 100,000-word collection of conference papers, feel free to tell them that maybe they’re after the Australian Susan Keogh . . .

    • susankeogh says:

      Susan, that is amazing! Thanks for contacting me. Not disconcerting at all. Nothing ever surprises me when it comes to connections to Myles Keogh, no matter how distant. Regarding the racehorse connection, the ones I owned were ex-racers that I retrained for the hunter/jumper ring. What country or countries do your horses race in?

  3. Antoine Vanner says:


    Dear Susan Keoghs:

    The horse connection is also of interest – my wife, who once bred horses in Canada, recently imported a Spanish brood-mare from, appropriately, Spain, and she’s now in foal, with a family addition due rewound April. If it’s a grey male – like his mother, we’ll be calling him Viajero – Spanish for Traveller – in honour of Robert E.Lee’s noble steed, whose memoirs were so ably transcribed by Richard Adams in the book of the same name!

    • susankeogh says:

      Hello, Antoine! Nice to meet you. I have a friend who lives in Spain and is a horse trainer not too far from Barcelona. I read Richard Adams’ “Traveler” many years ago, as well as other books of his.

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