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 Meet Suzanna 

After an injury forced Suz off the scaffolding and into a recuperative vacation from her decorative arts business, she pulled out an old manuscript she'd started and shelved years before. Intrigued, she needed to know what happened to the characters and reclaimed her abandoned dream of writing fiction. 


Settling on a sub genre is difficult for Suzanna. She writes contemporary heroines who find themselves influenced by the past, sometimes to the point of traveling there. But a common thread in all her work is strong heroines and heroes who face untenable choices, forced to choose the wrong things for all the right reasons. Her love stories are always driven by long-held family secrets with lots of angsty sexual tension.


Also known as Susan J. Bickford in her native Nashville, she's a four-time Golden Heart® Finalist and happiest plotting new characters' adventures and worlds while covered in paint, brush in hand. When not writing and painting, you'll find her at her shop, The Painted Dragonfly, an eclectic emporium in historic Nolensville, Tennessee. A member of Music City Romance Writers and their current treasurer, she's happy to have embraced the creative life after leaving behind a career as corporate lobbyist and government affairs manager for a Fortune 300 company.

Meet Suzanna

Manuscripts & Awards

Circle in Time

A career-focused magnetospheric physicist wants to change the world--toppling Richard III with a 15th Century Lancastrian loyalist wasn't what she had in mind.  Now she must find her way home before ripples of change turn into a tsunami. Read more...

  • 2018 Golden Heart® Finalist, Mainstream w/Central Romance

  • 2018 Finalist, Santa Clarita RWA First Kiss Contest

  • 2018 Finalist, OCCRWA Orange Rose Contest, Mainstream w/Central Romance

  • 2018 Finalist, Unpublished Maggie Award for Excellence, Mainstream w/CR


A social media darling lands a writing gig that pulls her into Hollywood's fast lane and an unexpected alliance with a Texas farm boy-turned-A-list-restaurateur. Their dreams of success never included treachery and blackmail--OR love. Read more...

  • 2017 Golden Heart® Finalist

  • 2017 Finalist, CNRWA Fire & Ice Contest

  • 2015 Winner, Melody of Love, Contemporary

  • 2014 Pitch Wars Mentee

  • 2014 Writer's Voice Selection 

  • 2013 Winner, RCRW Duel on the Delta, Contemporary ST

The House of 

A feisty young widow learns a Darcy-esque stranger is her one hope of avoiding bankruptcy. She'll do anything to save her design business, but she never counted on a mob-defector's offer she couldn't refuse.


  • 2016 Golden Heart® Finalist

  • 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

  • 2014 Winner WHRWA The Emily, Contemporary ST 

  • 2013 Finalist, Windy City Four Seasons Contest, Contemporary

  • 2013 Finalist, GSRWA Emerald City Opener, NSRE       

  • 2012 Winner, Indiana Romance Writers' Golden Opportunity, MRE

  • 2012 Winner, Chicago Northwest RWA's Fire and Ice Award, WF

  • 2012 Winner, Washington Romance Writers' Marlene Award, NSRE 

Manuscripts & Awards

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