Susan M B Preston


Most days you will find Susan Preston sitting in front of her computer, in Western Australia, writing or researching, and rechecking facts before they go into her fiction series of life at the dawn of Christianity.
Susan’s writing talent surfaced in her early school years, then life, raising a family, moving from Scotland to Western Australia, intervened. That talent did not go away, just lay dormant. She ran a weekly church girls club, co-coordinated children’s holiday camps, was the co-author of a children’s church program, and wrote a help book for children, ‘We Are Divorced’.
Circumstances led to a change of direction, that of being a registered Trainer and Assessor, and employment as a computer and software trainer. There, her talents spread to writing ‘help’ books – with all steps shown.
Then came an ‘aha’ moment. A detailed Bible study series on the gospel of John, led to Susan ‘seeing’ the people behind the story. Gigabytes of research later, Susan had a database of life in the 1st century AD. Her goal is to ‘put flesh on Biblical characters’ but stay true to Biblical teaching.
All of this has gone into the Apostle John series of books, of which Hold the Faith is the first. She skillfully weaves Biblical records, history, into an intriguing series of novels. The characters became ‘family’ to her, and she has been known to cry over what happens to them.
Currently she is working on book four, and admits that there may be a book five.

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)

Of course there were also the help guides...
Susan is a Certified computer trainer who saw the need of 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


Keep the Flame
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 155,050. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
This fourth book in the Apostle John series is the most action-packed in the series so far. Will Rachel convert to Christianity? What effect will this have on her mother? 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
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: 125,670. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
When Benjamin’s time at the vineyard is over, he returns to Ephesus. Although he has matured, he is unsure of his reception at home. • His mother had been overwrought at his departure • Benjamin felt guilty having left his great-grandfather just as he was starting to record his gospel • He hopes he is now able to accept Deborah’s betrothal to the false teacher
Hold the Faith
Price: Free! Words: 129,640. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » General
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