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Susan M. Boyer is an American author that writes novels that blend traditional mystery suspense with the cozy mystery genre. She was born in Faith, North Carolina. Growing up in a small town, she was a curious child whose teachers noticed her creative abilities early on.
Order of Liz Talbot Mystery Series
|1||Lowcountry Boil||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Lowcountry Bombshell||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||Lowcountry Boneyard||2015||Description / Buy|
|4||Lowcountry Bordello||2015||Description / Buy|
|5||Lowcountry Book Club||2016||Description / Buy|
|6||Lowcountry Bonfire||2017||Description / Buy|
|7||Lowcountry Bookshop||2018||Description / Buy|
|8||Lowcountry Boomerang||2019||Description / Buy|
|9||Lowcountry Boondoggle||2020||Description / Buy|
|10||Lowcountry Boughs of Holly||2020||Description / Buy|
They observed that she liked to tell and write stories and they told her mother that Boyer needed a way to channel her abilities. Her educational journey was far from focused. She had the pleasure of studying at institutions like the College of Charleston and N.C. State University, not to mention Catabawa College.
She was always experimenting with different majors. However, nothing really stuck. More importantly, none of the colleges that Boyer attended in those years saw fit to award her with a degree. She was more of a sampler than a dedicated scholar.
But she understood that she needed to find and focus on a particular career path. This led her into the computer programming field. She spent quite a few years practicing her craft, earning a steady income as she climbed through the ranks to become a systems analyst and a project manager.
Boyer had the intelligence to continue thriving in her field. But she wasn’t happy because her day job did not give her the time she needed to write. This dissatisfaction drove her to abandon the career in favor of chasing her dreams as a published author, a gamble that paid off.
Even as a child, Susan M. Boyer knew that she wanted to write for a living. A part of her yearned to pursue creative writing in college. But she knew that it wasn’t the most practical of career paths. She couldn’t foresee a future in which she graduated and then used the skills her university had taught her to earn a stable income through the writing and publishing of novels.
She had no interest in pursuing other writing-related fields like journalism. All she cared about was telling the stories her imagination created. For a time, it looked that she might become a teacher. She could see herself teaching English for a few months before retiring for the summer to focus on her writing.
But the practical side of Boyer won out, convincing her to sink her efforts into computer programming. It wasn’t until Boyer realized that she could not stand to abandon her dreams that she changed tracks. She eventually invented Liz Talbot, the character for which she is best known. Boyer’s first book received a positive response from critics and readers alike, prompting her to commit her life to writing and publishing.
Boyer doesn’t write every day. But on the days she has set aside for writing, she starts in the morning. The author spends a bit of time reading emails and responding to social media messages before eliminating all distractions and throwing herself into the writing process until lunchtime.
The lunch break gives Boyer the opportunity she needs to mull her story over before running back to her computer and writing until dinner time. She tries to fit exercise into her schedule, though she doesn’t always succeed.
When the author is struggling under the pressure of a deadline, she flees to a particular Hampton Inn, positions her computer on a desk facing a wall, and focuses on nothing but writing.
Susan M. Boyer Awards
The author’s first novel won an Agatha Award and the Daphne du Maurier Award (Romance Writers of America). It received a Macavity Award nomination.
Best Susan M. Boyer Books
Boyer writes traditional mysteries that feature elements such as humor and small towns; as a result, many people call her a cozy mystery writer, with some of the best titles in her bibliography including:
Lowcountry Boil: When her grandmother dies, Liz Talbot runs back home to South Carolina to find her murderer. But her brother, the Police Chief. is determined to shut her out of the case. Unfortunately for him, Liz is a private investigator and she has no intention of minding her own business.
Lowcountry Bombshell: Calista looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe. And unfortunately, she has walked a path that is not dissimilar to that of the dead celebrity. As the anniversary of the star’s death looms, Calista is afraid that she is doomed to follow Marilyn to the grave.
Her fears are given life when Calista’s life coach is killed. Now Liz Talbot is involved and she will have a hell of a time sifting through the numerous suspicious characters floating around Calista.
When Does The Next Susan M. Boyer book come out?
Susan M. Boyer doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Lowcountry Boughs of Holly and was released on November, 17th 2020. It is the newest book in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series.