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Welcome! In our social media world, information is both easy to find and easily scattered across many sites. SusanQuilty.com acts as a home base for my novels and writing projects, and now for my new publishing company: Bitter Lily Books, LLC.


About me, Susan Quilty

Some of my earliest memories are of writing my own stories and dreaming of being a novelist. Yet life led me through earlier careers, first as a sysadmin and later as a freelance writer.

My fiction writing had become a lifelong side project and I was tired of private dabbling. In 2016, I buckled down and finished my first novel, The Insistence of Memory.

After about a year of trying to break into traditional publishing, I decided to switch gears and try my chances with self-publishing. I published The Insistence of Memory in 2017, followed by my second novel, To the Left of Death, the following year.

Turning to YA fiction, I then launched my Psychic Traveler Society series with its first book: Healers and Thieves. I’m currently writing the continuation of that series.

Learn more with a summary of my books and where to buy them.


About Bitter Lily Books, LLC

As I continue to learn more about self-publishing, I’m always looking for ways to streamline the business side. (Giving me more time to focus on the writing!)

As part of that effort, I’ve now registered a new business: Bitter Lily Books, LLC.

Beginning in 2020, my books will be published through this business. To connect with new readers, I hope to attend more book fairs and conventions as well.

Fun fact: When I was about 10 or so (pre-internet era), I bought a baby name book to help me come up with character names for my stories. I also looked up my own name, Susan Marie, and it said Susan meant lily and Marie meant bitter. I liked the sound of Bitter Lily and finally found a place to use it!


For me, the hardest part of self-publishing has been finding ways to get my books into the hands of readers who may enjoy them. If you’ve read and liked my books, please tell your friends and add a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Your reviews and support help more than you can possibly know!