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Susan Van Kirk

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Susan Van Kirk was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and educated at Knox College (BA) and University of Illinois (M.Ed). She taught for thirty-four years at Monmouth High School in Monmouth, Illinois,(1968-2002), and an additional ten years at Monmouth College (2002-2012.)

Her story, “War and Remembrance,” was published in Teacher Magazine in March/April 2006. She wrote a memoir of her teaching life in "The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks)," published 2010.

Her first mystery, "Three May Keep a Secret," was published in late 2014 by Five Star Publishing. The next mystery in this series, "Marry in Haste," came out November 2016. These books are part of The Endurance Series, named after the small town that is the set
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Susan Van Kirk My second book in the series, "Marry in Haste," is finished, and I'm starting to consider ideas for the third Endurance Mystery. I'm also doing interv…moreMy second book in the series, "Marry in Haste," is finished, and I'm starting to consider ideas for the third Endurance Mystery. I'm also doing interviews of other authors for a newsletter of a subgroup in the Sisters in Crime organization. SinC is a group of readers, writers, publishers, and editors of mysteries. I'm writing on my own blog at my website, and I'm writing guest blogs to promote "Three May Keep a Secret."(less)
Susan Van Kirk A long time ago, someone I knew died in a fire. I was very young at the time, and so the incident stayed in my head. When I decided to write my first …moreA long time ago, someone I knew died in a fire. I was very young at the time, and so the incident stayed in my head. When I decided to write my first novel, I created a main character whose life was impacted by such a fire.(less)
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