Susan Higginbotham

Susan Higginbotham
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Virginia Commonwealth University
Genre Historical fiction
Notable awards 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction
2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards' Gold Medal for Historical/Military Fiction.

Susan Higginbotham is an American historical fiction author and attorney. She has written on the Middle Ages and the Wars of the Roses.

Personal life

Susan Higginbotham earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her master's degree in English literature from Hunter College in New York City.[1][2] She received her law degree from Campbell University, and began working for a legal publisher, a position she still holds today.[1][3]

Higginbotham is married, with two teenage children. They live in Apex, North Carolina.[1][2]

Publishing career

Higginbotham began working on her first novel, The Traitor's Wife in 2003, and after reading some articles on self-publishing, she self-published in 2005.[4] It won ForeWord magazine's 2005 Silver Award for historical fiction and the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards' Gold Medal for Historical/Military Fiction.[1] According to WorldCat, the book is held in 252 libraries.[5] It is a fictional account of the life of Eleanor de Clare, wife of Hugh le Despenser the Younger.[6] Sourcebooks contacted her in 2008, and offered to republish it,[4] resulting in it reaching number 8 in The Boston Globe's list of fiction best sellers.[7] Her next novel was Hugh and Bess (2007), a sequel to her first novel, depicting the life of Eleanor and Hugh's eldest son Hugh le Despencer, 2nd Baron le Despencer. It was reissued in August 2009.[2] Her next book, The Stolen Crown, was published in 2010 and is a fictional depiction of Catherine Woodville, Duchess of Buckingham. Her 2011 novel, The Queen of Last Hopes, features Margaret of Anjou.[8]

List of works


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Interview with Susan Higginbotham, author of The Stolen Crown and Giveaway". Peeking Between the Pages. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 Cindy Thomson. "Interview with Susan Higginbotham". Favorite Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. Susan Higginbotham. "About me". Official website. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  4. 1 2 Till, Steven and Susan Higginbotham. "Interview with Author Susan Higginbotham". Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  5. WorldCat identities record
  6. "Susan Higginbotham". Contemporary Authors Online. 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2013. (subscription required)
  7. "Best Sellers". The Boston Globe. November 6, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2013. (subscription required)
  8. Obeso, Dionne (July 1, 2011). "The Queen of Last Hopes". Renaissance Magazine. Retrieved October 31, 2013. (subscription required)
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