I write historical mysteries. My first series, the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries, is set in 17th century London. My second series, the Speakeasy Mysteries, is set in a Prohibition-Era Chicago speakeasy.
I hold a PhD in history and currently work at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I live in the Chicago area with my husband and two sons.
I am also the current president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter.
In the News...
My first Lucy Campion mystery, A MURDER AT ROSAMUND'S GATE, was listed as one of "Twelve Enthralling Historical Mysteries that Take Place in England"!
I'm so honored that my fourth Lucy Campion mystery, A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET, is on display at the Museum of London Docklands Exhibit! What a thrill!
Check out this fun interview with Lori Rader-Day and Layne Fargo about the different Chicagos in our books (in Chicago Review of Books)
I have a new short story out in Simon Wood's new anthology, TROUBLE & STRIFE, in which all the titles taken from Cockney slang.
Workshops, Talks & Teaching
Please contact me about speaking to your group. I have extensive experience in teaching and public speaking. I have run many workshops (especially around writing historical fiction/mysteries, doing research, and providing effective critiques) for libraries, universities, book clubs and writers' groups.
My workshop is in the news! Nice mention of a recent workshop I did on world-building for Northwestern's Summer Writers' Conference in Chicago!
E-mail me at s (dot) calkins (dot)nu (at) gmail (dot) com, "like" my author page on facebook (at) authorSusannaCalkins or find me on Twitter (at) scalkins3.