Susan McDuffie has been a devotee of historical fiction since her childhood, when she believed she had mistakenly been born in the wrong century. Her discovery that Clorox was not marketed prior to the 1920s reconciled her to modern life.
Susan writes historical mysteries set in medieval Scotland, and has also published Regency short stories. Her lifelong interest in Scotland was fueled by stories of the McDuffie clan’s ancestral lands on Colonsay and their role as “Keeper of the Records” for the Lord of the Isles. On her first visit to Scotland she hitchhiked her way through the Hebrides and the seeds for the Muirteach MacPhee mysteries were planted.
The Muirteach mysteries include A MASS FOR THE DEAD (2006),THE FAERIE HILLS (2011), and THE STUDY OF MURDER (2013). The New Mexico Book Awards named THE FAERIE HILLS “Best Historical Novel” of 2011. Currently plotting Muirteach’s next adventure, Susan shares her life with a Native American sculptor and four unruly cats.
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Last week, I published “The Watergate”, a Muirteach MacPhee novelette. At about 9.000 words it just about made the cut-off (7,000 words) for that designation. E. M. Tippetts Book Designs made the publishing process incredibly easy and did a lovely formatting job. Muirteach accompanies the Lord of the Isles to…
The Kingdom and Lordship of the Isles lasted roughly four hundred years, yet this intriguing period of medieval Scottish Highland history is frequently glossed over in general histories of Scotland, given at most a page or two. Emerging out of the Gaelic kingdom of Dalriada and the later Norse occupation…