Susan McCauley is a writer / producer of paranormal, fantasy, and horror films and fiction for adults, young adults, and middle grade audiences and readers. Susan fell in love with writing, theater, and film when she was eight-years-old. That passion inspired her to receive a B.A. in Radio-Television with a minor in Theater from the University of Houston, a M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California (USC), and a M.A. in Text & Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s College in London. Susan also studied acting at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) in Los Angeles.
While living in Los Angeles, Susan wrote the story for and produced a short film, which later won awards at the Houston International Film Festival and the Seabrook Film Festival. In 2002, she moved to London to further explore professional theater. While in London, her stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose” was performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s George Bernard Shaw Theatre; and, scenes from her play The Prisoner: Princess Elizabeth were performed at HMS Tower of London. She returned home to the U.S. in 2005. In 2007, she was the line producer of the Emmy Award nominated Civil War short film Now & Forever Yours: Letters to an Old Soldier.
Susan has several short stories published, one of which, "The Cask", was made into an award winning short film. "The Cask" was republished in the Camden Park Press anthology Quoth the Raven, which won Best Anthology of 2018 in multiple reader polls. In addition to her short stories, Susan has one novella and two novels in print, as well as two feature length screenplays in development.
Susan loves travel, animals, movies, theatre, taekwondo, and books (of course!)
Interviews and Notable Mentions:
"Mom Culture Loves Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall", October 2020 / Shriekfest, April 2020 / Hidden Gems Books, February 2020 / The Devil's Tree on the Horror Writers Association 2019 Reading List (YA Category) / Deborah Halverson, December 2019 / Shriekfest Red Carpet Interview, November 2019 / Sonora Taylor, Ask the Author, October 2018 / Author Interview with Steven R. Southard, October 2018 / Abbie Roads, Author on the Couch, September 2016 / Sarena Ulibarrri, Three Question Interviews, September 2016 / Houston Chronicle, June 2015