S.M. Kirkland


Susan Kirkland is a novelist and award-winning journalist whose feature stories have been carried by newspapers nationwide. Born to parents who were avid readers and a father who served in the Air Force, she decided at age five become both a soldier and a writer. She enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard at age 19 while attending North Georgia College and State University, the senior military college of Georgia. In her 10-year military career, she has served as a photojounalist as well as a broadcast journalist, covering the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and travelling to Italy to serve.

Her college career started out as a curious endeavor after reading Pat Conroy’s “The Lords of Discipline.” What she found it the halls of NGCSU was a fascinating culture of youthful idealism mixed with the reality of war during the post-Desert Storm period. She wanted to capture the spirit and strength she discovered in that unique and peculiar world of military colleges.

After graduating with a degree in English, she pursued a career in journalism, eventually finding herself at the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Georgia. She rededicated her life to Christ in 1997 and in 2005 felt the Lord direct her to use her talents for Him.

Susan currently works for the Calhoun Times in Gordon County as the government writer. When she is not writing, she spends time with her husband, George, of 15 years and their four children.


Higher Honor Trailer
Filmed on location at North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GA., this is an artistic interpretation done by photography Jackie Seger. it was an honor to work with the cadets on this project and to see some of the same cadets who also served as models for the cover design. Many thanks to the staff and students at NGCSU for their help!


Higher Honor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,720. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
When Cadet Cassidy Sanders is brutally assaulted, it threatens to push her further away from the God she thought already abandoned her. For her assailant, it's clear evidence his life is spiraling out control at an alarming rate. Caught in the middle are their mutual friends, torn between justice and forgiveness. Can they find forgiveness, not just toward each but themselves?

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