Suzanne McCourt grew up in a fishing village on the South Australian coast, the setting for her debut novel The Lost Child (Text Publishing, 2014), which was longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. Her novella, The Last Taboo: A Love Story, shared first prize in the 2016 Griffith Review Novella Competition. Suzanne’s new novel, The Tulip Tree, is set against the background of Poland's tragic and tumultuous relationship with Russia. It was published by Text Publishing in June 2021.
After losing her beloved dog, Brando, Suzanne and photographer, Peter Derrett, OAM, produced a series of gift books on the wise and wonderful ways of old dogs. She also introduced the Story Dogs Literacy Program into Victorian primary schools, an innovative program that helps children improve their literacy by reading to dogs.
Suzanne lives close to the bay in suburban Melbourne. When she's not walking her poodles, Barney and Louis, she likes to swim, read, grow orchids and get out on her kayak: once a pod of dolphins played with her for almost an hour.