Sue Ward Drake grew up in an old house full of dark windows, with a passion for writing, travel and international spy thrillers. Her early literary efforts included a short story submitted to a national magazine at the age of eight and a fictional advice column in her high school newspaper. After a year of college study in Spain and a stint living in a farmhouse on a Greek island, she returned to New Orleans to work as a bi-lingual secretary, Spanish teacher, linen sales rep, free-lance copywriter, and computer analyst. This extensive list qualifies her for the Jill-of-All-Trades badge.
She used her experiences from Greece in her first traditionally-published romance, HEAR NO EVIL, which is currently updated and on sale as an e-book and paperback.
A survivor of the devastating hurricane Katrina, she currently resides in Nevada with her husband of thirty-eight years. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and of course, seeking out new places to explore. Sue’s stories have won or made the finals in numerous contests. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
Photo credit: Marti Corn, Corn Creative
FUN FACTS ABOUT SUE
- Grew up in a small southern town and still attends her high school reunions
- Is a descendent of a post-Civil War Mississippi sheriff
- Lived in the French Quarter for several interesting and fun years
- Lost her house and all her books to the flood following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
- Bicycled a sanctioned (patches are given) century (100 miles) at least five times
- Visited an embalming room at a funeral home as part of the sales job she worked at the time
- Got a freelance copywriting gig at an advertising agency on the basis of her published poetry
- Traveled to Greece alone at the age of twenty for a month
- Survived in Fez, Morocco, for two days as a non-French-fluent single American female
- Was the only female in a train compartment with seven Spaniards on an overnight from Madrid to Barcelona
- Wrote her first major work of fiction on a $25 typewriter while living in a farmhouse in the Greek Islands
- Sold her first novel to a New York publishing house using the relay phone service for the deaf and hard of hearing