Susan M B Preston

Biography

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."

Writing history...
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.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a beautiful town in the Borders of Scotland. Like the characters in my book series, we walked everywhere. There were buses and cars, but I either walked or rode my bicycle.

The rolling hills, the silver river, the history... I had a blessed childhood. Conflict? Yes, that too. But we had to learn to come to terms with it... and get on with it.
When did you first start writing?
In Primary School. One of my essays took all the book. As I recall it was a mystery story. :)
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Susan M B Preston online


Where to buy in print


Books

Hell Shall Not Prevail
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,110. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » General
The Apostle John was taken captive to Rome, and his family and the brethren fear for his fate By land and by sea, it is a long and perilous journey, and John is an old man. When they hear John has arrived safely in Rome, the report said he immediately began preaching the good news of the Kingdom – the opposite of what Emperor Domitian intended. Only a miracle will enable them to see him again
Keep the Flame
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 155,050. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
A finalist in the Readers' Favorite International Awards 2017, this fourth book in the Apostle John series is the most action-packed in the series. Questions: Will Rachel convert to Christianity? Does Benjamin's marriage take place, or does the return of Meshua throw a spanner in the works? Are the Apostle John's predictions true - will he be arrested and taken to Rome? Who is murdered?
The Light of Truth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 133,590. Language: American English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Elizabeth is a woman living in the time of the Apostle John. A member of a traditional Jewish family, she knows that she would be considered a heretic and disowned from her family if she listened to him, or to any Christian man. But when events in her life and the lives of her family members take a dramatic turn, Elizabeth, in desperation, decides to seek him out,
Grow in Grace
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,180. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Struggling with his emotions Benjamin is determined to follow through on his commitment to work as a grape-picker. He knows he is running away. Deep inside, he is questioning his faith. But God has a purpose for Benjamin
Hold the Faith
You set the price! Words: 129,640. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the 1st century AD, the fledging church was squeezed on many sides. From the pagans, the Jews, the Roman overlords, attacks from within – and the rise of Gnostic beliefs. In Hold the Faith, we walk in the shoes of one family, and those whose lives they touch seeing life through their eyes. Come! Discover life in the 1st century AD.

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Smashwords book reviews by Susan M B Preston

  • A Few Men Faithful: A Kavanagh Story I on May 21, 2013
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    Growing up in Scotland, our history lessons had a much sanitized version of Irish history, yet there were enough 'stories' around to hint at another side to the 'history' Jim Willis has lifted the lid on a period of history my British history books whitewashed or ignored. The language is more than likely true to the times. The behaviour of the 'freedom' fighters will be too. To the author... you have done what I tried to do with Hold the Faith (The Apostle John Series) Lift the lid on a period of time and present that life through the characters. I believe you succeeded. Well done. I have no hesitation in giving you 5 stars, although I will warn potential readers that it is not glossed over. This was life, warts and all. I will be interesting where you take this series :)
  • The Serpent and the Unicorn: The Complete Series on July 22, 2015

    I read this book a while back, but have been busy with writing/publishing my own book. However, I wanted to review this book - and here I find I have some time... and still remember the book. I enjoyed how the author kept my interest over all the books. And kept track of all the characters. The one complaint I would have... and I did try to find the author to point this out - spelling. For example the word aide is a noun, meaning an assistant/helper etc but it was repeatedly used as a verb - which should have been aid. (To help). There were a couple of others, but this misuse was the worst. As for the story - I thought it was very cleverly done. I enjoyed it. At times it was 'page-turning' but at all times interesting. Because of my annoyance over the spellchecker mistakes I am only giving it four stars - it could so easily have been 5 star.
  • The Eilean Mor Mystery on Feb. 12, 2017

    A change of style from my own writing... it is a page-turner. To be honest, I was glad it was short... as I was becoming quite anxious. A great read. Thank you
  • Bootstrap’s Journey on May 29, 2018

    For clarity, - I write Christian historical/Biblical fiction but enjoy many different genres. I am old enough to read for pleasure. And it was a pleasure to read Bootstraps Journey - a brilliant sci-fi fantasy page-turner. I read it all in one sitting. There were so many cliff-hangers. Buck/Tony and his relationship in the past with Erin, then his friend from the present time... don't want to give any spoilers - only to say 'Read this book' it is worth more than the cost and the time. The author takes you through time and space with him.