I write historical fiction set in medieval and Tudor England and in nineteenth-century America. As a novelist, I like bringing lesser-known historical figures--particularly women--to life as well as looking at better-known figures from a fresh perspective. My most recently published novel, Hanging Mary, tells the story of Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the federal government.





Though historical fiction is my first love, I am also the author of two works of nonfiction: The Woodvilles, which tells the story of the controversial and much-maligned family that figured so prominently in the Wars of the Roses, and Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower, the story of one of Henry VIII's most tragic victims.


In addition to this site, you can find me on my Facebook page and on my blog, History Refreshed.

I am available for book club and other appearances. Please contact me at mail@susanhigginbotham.com.




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paisley Coming in Fall 2019!

My seventh novel, The First Lady and the Rebel, set during the American Civil War, tells the story of two sisters divided by war and united by sorrow: Mary Lincoln, wife to the President of the United States, and her sister Emily Todd Helm, married to a Confederate general. Look for it in the fall of 2019.





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