Susanna lives in sub-tropical Brisbane in a house with a colourful garden visited by red and green King parrots, white cockatoos and kookaburras. She writes with two rescue dogs in a basket beside her. She has nine de Vries grandchildren and a rapidly increasing number of great-grandchildren. She was born in London and has Scottish and Irish roots. She attended St George's, Ascot as a boarder and visited Windsor Castle frequently on weekend outings. On the many days when it rained, her parents took her to see the royal art collection at Windsor and these visits encouraged her interest in art. She studied French history and art at the Sorbonne in Paris, became a fluent French speaker, won a scholarship to study art history in Spain. In her late twenties, she married into an Edinburgh medical dynasty. While her late husband Dr Larry Evans, MRCPsych undertook postgraduate studies in psychiatry, she studied psychology. He worked on the research team of Professor Sir Martin Roth, President of the British Royal College of Psychiatrists who was consulted professionally by several senior members of the royal family. Professor Larry Evans died in Brisbane. Susanna married the Dutch-born Jake de Vries, City Architect of Brisbane. Together they wrote and published book on Australian art and history and Susanna wrote five anthologies of women's history. She was awarded an Order of Australia for services to literature and a Winston Churchill Fellowship which enabled her to do research in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. In 2012, the New South Wales Society of Women Writers gave Susanna the Alice Award as one of Australia's leading biographers. Details of her books are on www.susannadevries.com or www.goodreads.com and Amazon.