Susanna was born in 1970. She travelled widely as a child, living in Germany, the US and the UK, spending her school years in wilder parts of the English Lake District. She studied history at Cambridge before joining the British Foreign Service in her mid twenties. Since then, her career has taken her to Poland, Iraq and Pakistan; she spent a few months in Jerusalem helping a documentary team, and learnt Arabic at universities in Oman and Pakistan. She is currently living in London and Lincolnshire. Her travels have been the inspiration for her novels, in which she hopes to capture some of the excitement of the unknown and the complexities of life as an Englishwoman abroad.