Susan Russell Thompson is a lifelong lover of British fiction and found her inspiration for A Tea-Drinker’s Novel: Chilverton Park through reading the works of Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen and P.G. Wodehouse. A product of the South, she grew up in Columbus Georgia and attended Columbus High School. She is also a 1975 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Many of her early years were spent painting at night while working as a graphic artist. Some of her artwork may be seen in the collection of Columbus State University and the offices of Pratt & Whitney in Columbus, Georgia. A prolonged bout of Lyme Disease in her late fifties prompted Susan to begin writing. One of the major themes of Chilverton Park involves the stigmatization of the chronically ill in society In addition, the historical persecution of gays is brushed upon as well as the terrible folly of interfering in other person’s lives. Presently, she resides in the rolling hills of North Carolina with her husband Dan, her dog, Molly, and nearly feral cat, Missy. .