Susan Klaus and Bob Baffert Hall of Fame Horse Trainer

Susan Klaus and Bob Baffert, Hall of Fame Horse Trainer

Susan Klaus was born in Sarasota, Fla. and has had an extensive career with animals from a business selling rabbits as a child, to a pet groomer of 30 years, to exhibiting dogs in obedience trails, to breeding show cats and founding the Fiesta Cat Fanciers Club, and has bred and raced Thoroughbred horses. Currently, she is raising rodeo bulls. She was the owner of Lil Critters Pet and Grooming Shop in Sarasota and Lil Critters Grooming Shop in Bradenton and for 10 years she worked at The Animal Health Center.

She has been published and featured in several magazines including Cats, ELL, and SRQ. She wrote her first novel, a fantasy about mermaids in 1982. In 2004, she wrote and self-published The Golden Harpy that received rave reviews in the press, The Venice Gondolier saying “…could easily compete with some of today’s best sellers.” It was followed in 2007 by The Golden Harpy II, Feather Lost on the Wind. In 2005 she founded and is still president of The Sarasota Authors Connection Club, presently 230 members and is the web radio host and co-producer of The Authors Connection Show with 15 million listeners in 148 countries. In 2009 she rewrote The Golden Harpy and re-titled it Flight of the Golden Harpy, and it won the Florida Writers’ Royal Palm Literary award for Best Science Fiction Manuscript of 2010. She also penned her first suspense/thriller novel, Secretariat Reborn. In 2012 Secretariat Reborn was purchased by Oceanview Publishing and is due out Oct. 1, 2013, and Flight of the Golden Harpy was optioned by Tor and will come out in 2014. She is now working on Shark Fin Soup, the sequel to the Secretariat novel, and another suspense/thriller, A Murder in Sarasota, based on a true story.

Besides writing and animals, her hobbies have included sailing, fishing, scuba diving, raising orchids, and painting. She is a member of Fl. Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Ass, Fl. Wildlife Ass., National Wildlife, The National Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Mystery Writers of America, International Thrill Writers, Fl. Writers Ass., and Sarasota Fiction Writers. She is the mother of two children, Christopher and Kari Klaus and resides in Myakka City and manages the Matrix Ranch that is co-owns with her son.