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The Apostle John series has won five-star reviews and Finalist Awards from Readers’ Favorite and from the Independent Author Network.
Now a widow, Preston’s main interest is her writing, Skyping with friends and family, and running the occasional beginner’s computer course.
Having suffered the loss, of a husband and a teenager, brings an element of understanding of the emotions of the characters in her books.
Born in a historical town in the Scottish borders it is hardly a surprise to discover that history has always fascinated Preston. Living in Perth, Western Australia could hardly be more different. The climate in Perth is as hot as her hometown was cold and the variety of insect life, including large spiders, is one of the least-liked aspects of life in Australia. She does like the fact she can hang out her washing and have it dry within an hour.
Although she has written other types of books in the past, The Apostle John series of books is Preston’s first foray into the world of Christian, historical fiction. Another series is planned, Biblical fiction this time, set much farther back in time.
And by the way… the fact Susan M B Preston has a Microsoft Office 2007 Master’s qualification has helped her format her work, make trailers, and publicity material – an enjoyable pastime to her. In fact, she will stop and write an illustrated help guide for beginners who are ‘stuck’ trying to figure out a computer function.
Quote from a Readers' Favorite review...
" Susan M.B. Preston doesn’t only demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Bible and the life of the earliest followers of Jesus, but an equally strong gift for compelling writing."
We are Divorced. A book for children. Also used in training sessions with the leaders of children's clubs, to help them better understand the needs of some children in their groups.
Co-founded a programme called Koinonia for the Western Australian Anglican Diocese, the purpose of which was to prepare children for communion. (With another leader, ran weekend camps for the children in the programme.)
Co-authored several books on 'Children in the Church'.
Hold the Faith - Part 1 in the Apostle John series (Feb 2013)
Grow in Grace - Part 2 in the Apostle John series (August 2013)
The LIght of Truth - Part 3 in the Apostle John series (July 2015)
Keep the Flame Part 4 in the Apostle John series (October 2016)
Hell Shall Not Prevail - Part 5 (and final) in the Apostle John series (December 2017)
Novellas on some of the characters - coming in 2018
Of course, there were also the help guides...
Susan is a Certified computer trainer who saw the need for learners to have clearer manuals, Susan painstakingly compiled 'How to Books' for her clients. One of the larger manuals was used for several years by the Registered Training Centre where she worked as a contract trainer.
Master qualifications in Microsoft Office 2007
Several Certificate IV Business qualifications
Small business owner
And from all these - many experiences... all of which make Susan who she is today and brings life to her characters.
on July 05, 2013 :
Have you ever wondered what life was like in the early years of the Christian Church, when believers lived under Roman rule and faced tests on every side? This fast- moving tale brings that time to life as we follow the story of Benjamin, the great-grandson of the apostle John, the last living apostle of Christ. As a young man living in Ephesus, raised in the Christian life, he faces tests of his faith at home and on his travels with the apostle John around the various church groups in Asia Minor. And just as his great-grandfather begins writing his account of Christ's life, Benjamin faces his greatest trial.
This book is historically researched but never overwhelms with detail. it is easy to read and really made me think of how i would act in similar circumstances. This is the first book in the series, so I look forward to reading more about Benjamin, John and their fellow- believers. A wonderful, inspiring story.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)