Suzanne d’Corsey was born in Palo Alto, California, in 1958. She grew up in various countries, including Ethiopia, India, and 6 locations across the United States, before moving to Scotland. She attended the University of St Andrews in 1978 for an MA Honours in Medieval History, then lived in Edinburgh and the Borders. Since the mid 80’s in Scotland, she has pursued her great love of story-telling in theatre and fiction, albeit interspersed with many other jobs, from running a theatre and galleries, to training cutting horses.
Suzanne has won awards and scholarships for her writing, including a Pushcart nomination for her short story “Wee Janet and the Filthy Pagan Heathen Thing.” The Gods of Theatre demanded years of professional playwriting after she won a national contest for a new play, “Ragnarok,” in the year 2000. This led to commissioned productions with the Oklahoma Repertory Theatre Company, and many others. Her time as a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference in 2003 resulted in a live broadcast radio play for National Public Radio affiliate KWGS, and she’s enjoyed other theatre awards, commissions, and productions.
Today, Suzanne lives in the forests of Vermont, where immersion in the seasons dictate the daily pleasures of her life, from gardening and foraging wild edibles in the woods and meadows of summer, to cross-country skiing and splitting fire wood in the snows of winter, all happily spun around the discipline of writing.
Longbow archery provides a meditative distraction from work. At present, Suzanne has four longbows of varying character and weight. An upstart recurve has recently joined the ranks, quite a beautiful bow, which it must be to compete with the elegant longbows. Although a lack of time has not yet allowed Suzanne to build her own arrows, (or yew longbows) she collects feathers suitable for fletching as the forest yields them, and lives in hope that someday she’ll be able to spend the quiet winters as a bowyer and fletcher. Her love of traditional archery inspired a short story, "Longbow" which you can read here.