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Susan Waller Lehmann

Susan hails from Miami, FL and attended Florida State

University. She discovered writing and journalism while

in college. In 1981, she refused a job with the nascent

CNN thinking Who on earth would want to watch a

24-hour news channel? Her path in life now

determined by the idea that she would be a real

journalist instead, she put her interview skills to

work as a writer, publisher, private investigator, and

death penalty mitigation expert.

Perhaps because the temperate climate of the South

attracts crazies, her life intersected with two serial

killers, and, as a result, her first two books recount

her stories of Ted Bundy in the aftermath of the 1978

Chi Omega murders, and Daniel Rolling during the 1990 Gainesville Student murders.

Her simultaneous professions inform her non-fiction writing, samples of which have earned her a 1996 Eaton Literary Award and a 2016 Utah Original Writing Competition Honorable Mention in Non-Fiction. As a result, she prefers to delve into her wide-ranging experiences as a journalist, private investigator, and death penalty mitigation expert. There ought to be a good story or two in there somewhere. What’s that old saw? Truth is stranger than fiction.

In 2012 she started a new private investigation agency – because, when you think about it, there is no better way to distract yourself from the hard work of writing than dealing with cheating spouses, tracking down dead-beat parents, and sitting through interminable night-time surveillance operations.


In 2021, and in response to the never-ending pandemic, she has started to re-explore an old passion as a freelance writer working on stories in and around the Front Range of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

She lives with her husband, two well-loved felines, and Graham, a cheerful Golden Retriever in the beautiful northern Wasatch Mountains.

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