About Susan

Susan Coventry is a born-and-bred “Jersey Girl” transplanted to Kentucky. Drawn to medicine from a young age, Susan was a pediatric/perinatal and renal pathologist until retiring in December, 2022. An avid novel reader (a little bit of everything and a lot of historical fiction) she has always written stories on the side.

Her first novel, The Queen’s Daughter, a YA love story based on the life of a twelfth-century English princess, was born out of a passion for all things medieval and the good fortune of having two young adult readers at home. But they grew up and moved away, and Susan’s focus returned to books for adults.

Despite the old adage “write what you know” she was resistant to writing novels involving her workaday world until, like many physicians who’ve been in the field a long time, Susan became intrigued by the history of medicine. Particularly turn-of-the-twentieth century American medicine. Exploring the lives of physicians and scientists who were making the explosive advances of the time, she discovered so many stories to tell!

Her forthcoming book (fall of 2025) Till Taught by Pain is a dual biographical novel focused on Dr. William Stewart Halsted, the first surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Caroline Hampton Halsted, the O.R. nurse he wed, who was also the niece of Confederate General Wade Hampton. It is a story of life-altering addiction, enormous achievement, and enduring love.

But for pure escapism, Susan finds that nothing beats Historical Romance, with its guaranteed happily-ever-after ending. Adopting the pen name Carol Coventry, Susan began spinning stories of the pursuit of love in Regency England. She entered her first Romance in the Dragonblade Publishing Write-Track contest and was thrilled to win the Grand Prize. That novel, Counting on Love by Carol Coventry will be released in mid-September. Three more in the series The Taverstons of Iversley will follow.

About Carol

Carol Coventry is the Romance-writing alter-ego of historical fiction author Susan Coventry. A quarter of a century working in the medical field has taught her that, after any tough day, nothing soothes the spirit like a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Escaping to the Regency Era is like a mini-vacation. After spending so much time there, she felt like a native and began spinning her own tales of historical romance.