I am a self confessed history junkie! Always have been and always will be and so it is no surprise that I became a historical novelist - even though my first book was not published until I was fifty!
My great passion in life is Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire and its fascinating connection to the Pilgrim Father story - about which I am told I have become a bit of an expert.
I am also the Official Historian for Scrooby Manor.
To put it simply, for the past ten years or so has been to promote the Pilgrim Father story in the UK and to reclaim them as English heroes- which they surely were.
After all, had this brave band of Separatists not had the courage to stand up for what they truly believed in against an intolerant and hostile state - then our current lives might have turned out with far less freedoms and liberty than we thankfully enjoy today.
My greatest hope would be to see a dedicated Heritage Centre established on Scrooby.
After ‘retiring’ from retailing in 1982 to bring up a family, Sue concentrated her efforts on various areas of voluntary work which included serving as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police Force and for many years was an active member of the Women’s Institute, during which time she won the Jean Boucher Cup for writing. She is also an avid lover of history, another of her lifelong passions.
However, her enduring interest in art led her on in 2002 to team up with American Roger Vorhauer on a joint art project that unexpectedly resulted in the forming of a successful writing partnership. The result of this development was the completion of three historical mystery novels, Mayflower Maid , Jamestown Woman and Restoration Lady,on which Roger acted as her researcher.
These were swiftly followed by Sue's own ground-breaking research on Lady Rose Hickman resulting in her novel Tudor Rose (published in 2009 ) and her non-fiction 'Lady Rose Hickman - her life and family'.
Her fifth novel 'Living in Hope' tracks the amazing true- life adventures of three women from Sue's own far flung family over a period spanning one hundred years. One was on trial for murder!
Sue is an active comittee member of The Pilgrim Fathers UK Origins Association and Friends of Stow Minster as well as being a public speaker who serves in an advisory capacity to various Pilgrim Father and Jamestown related groups. She is a tireless champion in promoting the Pilgrim Father's heritage link to Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire both at home and in the USA.
Sue has also appeared in Blueprint Film's 'Pilgrim Fathers' documentary, as well as numerous times on both BBC Lincolnshire Television and Radio- most notably on Rod Whiting's Breakfast Show when together they retraced the Pilgrim Father's first escape attempt during five consecutive shows.
More recently she has been involved in the film, Monumental, with Kirk Cameron and has acted as advisor on several other Pilgrim Father related films and TV shows.
In her spare time Sue loves nothing more than to 'surprise' visitiors to Gainsborough Old Hall by suddenly appearing , unannounced as their volunteer tour guide.