Susan M B Preston


If you met Susan face to face would you like her?
What would you see?
An older woman with an engaging smile, soft brown eyes that 'tear up' when hearing of the hurts of others, and as you would discover after a while... a loyal friend who doesn't gossip and keeps your secrets.
Born and raised in the beautiful border town of Peebles in Scotland, she learned to 'make do and mend' as the old-fashioned saying went. Rationing in the UK lasted well into the 1950s and when they were no longer required, like granny's button box, the ration books were great fun for a small child to play with.
Over the years since then Susan has had a number of temporary occupations and a couple of very rewarding careers all of which has added to her understanding of human nature and shows in the characterizations in her novel.

Writing history...
We are Divorced. A book for children and also used in training sessions with the leaders of children's clubs, to help them better understand the 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.
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...
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.

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


The Light of Truth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,790. Language: American English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
To the Jews of the time - truth was their traditions. To the Roman overseers - truth was Emperor worship & keeping the peace in their Empire. To the fledgling Christian group, truth was what Jesus, Son of God, God in the flesh, taught. The cost of truth, the lives, the threats, the loves, of all these people is what The Light of Truth is about.
Grow in Grace
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,070. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
In Grow in Grace, the Apostle John series continues....Catch up on 'old friends' from Hold the Faith; meet new ones, discover the high price the Roman centurion, Publius, had to pay. Live under the shadow of the Roman patrols, and the ever-present threat of the arena.Find out how Benjamin resolved his crisis of faith over Deborah... and what about the apostle John? Arrested again, how did he cope?
Hold the Faith
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,260. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Hold the Faith is the story of Benjamin, great-grandson of the Apostle John. Christianity is in its infancy. See the commitment of some, and the defection of others. Christians had to contend with hatred from Jews, suspicion and anger from the Roman overlords – and deception by false teachers. Set in the early 90’s AD as John starts recording his gospel, Benjamin faces a major trial of his faith.

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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.