Susan Smily, during her 25 years in the classroom, was an author, publisher,
and workshop leader in elementary science education in Canada, Australia,
and the United States (acquiring a gray hair for every student she taught). She
created her own business for the development and production of a wide range
of elementary education materials, worked as a writer, editor, and consultant
with several educational programs, and made presentations at over 40 school
and district professional development days. She was also once the Science
Teacher of the Year (cover girl) for Boreal Science Supply Catalogue and as a
result had coffee stains on her face in every high school in Canada.
She is the author of “Pianissimo,” a one-act play that was presented off
Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York City on April 13-15, 1998,
at the Festival of Collective Voices.
Smily has traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Far East. She developed
an interest in metaphysical studies in the early 1990s and has since become involved in studying many
areas of spirituality, including Native American, Vedanta, and Kabbalah. She is also an energy reader
and “psychic diagnostician.” She is a Reiki teacher-master, an interfaith minister, a certified
hypnotherapist, a Free Soul trainer, and a Hemi-Sync® outreach instructor for the Monroe Institute in
Faber, Virginia. With Honora Finkelstein, Smily is a co-founder of Sunweavers, Inc., a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit dedicated to supporting the work of writers, artists, and creative visionaries in all fields.
With Honora Finkelstein, Smily is the co-author of the Ariel Quigley Mysteries, including The Chef Who
Died Sautéing (2006), which won the “Love Is Murder” Lovey award for best first novel in 2007 and was
nominated for an Agatha award that same year; The Lawyer Who Died Trying (2007); and The
Reporter Who Died Probing (2008); three Killer Cookbooks that were published in separate editions to
accompany the novels and that have recently been republished in combination editions with the novels;
and the new thriller Walk-In, out from Oak Tree Press in 2012.
Smily and Finkelstein are also the co-founders of El Amarna Publishing, a fine art and literature press
for an eclectic reading audience. For more information on this venture, please visit our website.
Susan Smily’s Author Site
Join Susan Smily Honora and co-author Finkelstein at Killer Nashville - August 23-26, 2012
Panels: Friday, August 24, 2:10PM: The Light Side: Humorous and Cozy Mysteries (Susan)
Saturday, August 25, 8:20AM: Author Reading and Q&A: Thrillers, Procedurals, Medium-to-Hardboiled Crime Fiction (Honora)
Walk-In, the new thriller by Susan and Honora, won 3rd Place, Published Fiction,
at the PSWA Conference, July 12-15, 2012!
Many thanks to the committee and the judges!