SUSAN ABEL has had a passion for writing, second only to her passion for horses, since she was a child growing up in the Detroit area. With writing assignments becoming her favorite projects in school, she completed her first novel at the age of seventeen, a story about a girl and a horse, of course.
Following a twenty-plus-year career as a professional horse trainer and riding instructor in the mid-West, Rockies and Southeast, Susan returned to school to earn a degree in journalism at the age of forty as a single mom with two girls. Following graduation, she worked several years as a beat reporter and feature writer for various newspapers as well as for a private university group. Once her girls were grown, she returned to her two passions: instructing with her own riding school while returning to creative writing. Now retired from teaching, she has more time to ride while devoting herself to her writing.
Having lived a diverse and well-travelled life, Susan has a broad expanse of life experiences to draw upon, enabling her to flesh out characters, describe locations and understand the human condition in such a way her stories come to life in the imaginations of her readers.
Susan was awarded a "Winnie" Award for her excellence in Adult Equine Fiction at the EQUUS Film &Arts Festival in Lexington Kentucky in 2019 and 2021.
She currently lives in the metro Atlanta in a lakehouse with her husband and dogs. In addition to writing fiction, she enjoys reading, drawng, fishing and traveling. Since recently loosing her last two senior horses she now volunteers at an Off-The-Track Thoroughbred Rescue/Rehab facility.
Susan at home on her small horse farm with her Akita, "Miko."
Homepage photos: Susan riding her Spanish Horse, Bonito.
The Roots Never Die illustration on her "work" page is the photo of her uncle and grandmother, Joseph and Mary Abel, taken from their passport.
Susan's Equine Art & Merchandise is for sale at events she attends or by direct mail.
In addition to her books, Susan offers original drawings, framed and ready to hang, as well as note cards, prints, mugs, calendars, mouse pads, tote bags, back packs and T-Shirts, displaying her drawings.
For availability, please email Susan via her "Contact" page or messenger.
Below are some of her drawing in various mediums to include, pencil, charcoal pencil, pastel pencil and pen and ink, prior to framing. Most of the drawings can be printed onto merchandise.
Most items can be ordered with the artwork displayed above, but some transfer onto some items better than others.
T-Shirts can only be ordered from what I have in stock, in addition to white, pale pink, pale blue and gray pictured, I have many sizes in a deep red and bright green and pink.
Calendars are only available November thru March. They are a collection of most of the drawings above.
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING