Susan Clayton-Goldner


Susan Clayton-Goldner was born in New Castle, Delaware and grew up with four brothers along the banks of the Delaware River. She has been writing poems and short stories since she could hold a pencil and was so in love with writing that she became a creative writing major in college.

Prior to an early retirement which enabled her to write full time, Susan worked as the Director of Corporate Relations for University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. It was there she met her husband, Andreas, one of the deans in the University of Arizona’s Medical School. About five years after their marriage, they left Tucson to pursue their dreams in 1991–purchasing a 35-acres horse ranch in the Williams Valley in Oregon. They spent a decade there. Andy rode, trained and bred Arabian horses and coached a high school equestrian team, while Susan got serious about her writing career.

Through the writing process, Susan has learned that she must be obsessed with the reinvention of self, of finding a way back to something lost, and the process of forgiveness and redemption. These are the recurrent themes in her work.

After spending 3 years in Nashville, Susan and Andy now share a quiet life in Grants Pass, Oregon, with her growing list of fictional characters, and more books than one person could count. When she isn’t writing, Susan enjoys making quilts and stained-glass windows. She says it is a lot like writing–telling stories with fabric and glass.

You can also find Susan on her website



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A Bend in the Willow

2017 Readers’ Favorites – Winner

National Writers Association Novel Award – Winner

Kindle Book of the Year – Finalist

“This book is a must read. It takes you on so many emotions from anger, love, hope to honesty, forgiveness and loyalty. I have to admit I cried at the end.” J. George (Amazon review)

A mysterious and emotional past collides with a reinvented future. How far would you go to save the life of your child? How much would you sacrifice?

Willowood, Kentucky 1965 – Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?

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Redemption Lake

National Writers Association Novel Award – Winner

“A smart, tough, compelling, and in the end, deeply humane crime novel by a skilled writer with a firm grasp on both the mechanics of police work and the mysterious affairs of the heart.” Tim A. (Amazon review)

Tucson, Arizona 1989 – Eighteen-year-old Matt Garrison is harboring two terrible secrets: his involvement in the drowning death of his 12-year-old cousin, and a night of drunken sex with his best friend’s mother, Crystal, whom he finds dead the following morning. Guilt forces Matt to act on impulse and hide his involvement with Crystal.

Detective Winston Radhauser knows Matt is hiding something. But as the investigation progresses, Radhauser’s attention is focused on Matt’s father. Matt’s world closes in when his dad is arrested for Crystal’s murder and Travis breaks off their friendship. Despite his father’s guilty plea, Matt knows his dad is innocent and only trying to protect his son. Devastated and bent on self-destruction, Matt heads for the lake where his cousin died—the only place he believes can truly free him. Are some secrets better left buried?

Redemption Lake is a novel of love and betrayal. It’s about truth and lies, friendship and redemption, about assuming responsibility, and the risks a father and son will take to protect each other.

Redemption Lake is the first book in the award-winning Detective Winston Radhauser series

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When Time is a River

“This is the first book I have read by this author. I will definitely go back to read book #1 and then book 3. The characters are so real and their anguish becomes the reader’s too.” Terri (Amazon Review)

On a bench at the edge of the Lithia Park playground, someone is stalking two-year-old Emily Michaelson as she plays with her eighteen-year old half-sister, Brandy. The child’s laughter curves through the sunlight, as if on wings. The stalker is more enamored than ever, but aware of Brandy’s vigilance with Emily, knows a kidnapping won’t be easy. Planning to gain Emily’s trust, the stalker gives her a necklace—little girls love pretty things. A few days later, Brandy and Emily arrive at the park for the Children’s Health Fair. When the stalker sees them enter the public restroom, the opportunity is seized.

Not long after Emily’s disappearance, Detective Radhauser finds her rainbow-colored sneakers in Ashland Creek, tied together in a double knot. Brandy’s father and stepmother blame her for Emily’s disappearance. Radhauser feels sorry for Brandy, but insists she stay out of the investigation. Brandy can’t do that. She is obsessed with finding out who took her little sister, and why. Will Emily be found in time?

Also available on Nook and Kobo, Apple i-books, and at Smashwords.

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A River of Silence

“Susan Clayton-Goldner is one of the consistently best writers I have discovered recently. Her Winston Radhauser mysteries are particularly good.” Lora S (Amazon Review)

When Detective Winston Radhauser is awakened by a call from dispatch at 12:45a.m., it can mean only one thing—something terrible awaits him. He races to the Pine Street address. In the kitchen, Caleb Bryce, nearly deaf from a childhood accident, is frantically giving CPR to 19-month-old Skyler Sterling. Less than an hour later, Skyler is dead.
The ME calls it a murder and the entire town of Ashland, Oregon is outraged. Someone must be held accountable. The police captain is under a lot of pressure and anxious to make an arrest. Despite Radhauser’s doubts about Bryce’s guilt, he is arrested and charged with first degree murder. Neither Radhauser nor Bryce’s young public defender believe he is guilty. Winston Radhauser will fight for justice, even if it means losing his job.

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  1. JACKIE WEGER says:

    Welcome Susan to eNovel. Great to have you. Love your list of books.

  2. Thanks, Jackie. It’s great to have a page here now. Julie did a fine job.

  3. Nice picture! I used to look like that a long time ago – (SIGH)
    Welcome to eNovellers.

  4. Linda Lee says:

    Welcome to the group, Susan! Love your book covers. 🙂

  5. dalefurse says:

    Hey, Susan. Welcome and looking forward to hearing more about you. 🙂

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