Hi! I’m Susan J Bruce.

I’m a veterinarian turned writer and artist. I write stories of the human spirit – and sometimes other species – for young and not-so-young adults. I’m also a self-confessed animal addict – so animals photobomb most of the pages of this site. Animals also invade my fiction, usually as cameos to the main act, but they sometimes try and steal the show.

So what will you find here?

Coming Soon: News about my books and writing. 

Animal art and photos. Because every great website has animal pictures!

Here you’ll find interesting facts about the themes in my books, reviews of movies and books, musings  mewsings about my journey from veterinarian to artist and writer along with tips on writing craft and publishing.

I offer manuscript assessment and editing services so if you need help refining your work for publication, I can help. Click on this link or on the photo above to go to my editing page.


Why not grab a cuppa, put your feet up and have a look around? I’d love to know who your favourite authors are and what kinds of stories you like so please follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and say, ‘Hi!’.

Would you like a custom portrait painted of your pet?

Do you see love in the eyes of your dog? Would you like to remember your favourite cat, bird or large carnivore forever? I can help! I paint custom animal portraits (acrylic on canvas) from your photo(s). Check out my art page for details.

If They Could Talk

Do you like short stories? Last year my writing group finalised an anthology we’d been working on for a while and they asked me to be editor. If They Could Talk: Bible stories told by the animals, is, as it sounds, a collection of stories where animals give their perspective on events in the bible. Some of the stories are confronting, some are exciting and others will make you giggle, but it was a fun project to work on. If you’d love a copy, the book can be ordered from Morning Star Publishing!