A Talk With Susan About London
Brinda: Susie, I am so envious of your world travels! Where have you been jetting off to lately? What was your favorite thing to do?
Susan: I recently visited London, England, where I lived for nearly three years. The London skyline has changed immensely in the past ten years with new buildings like "The Shard" and "The Walkie Talkie". . . but one of my favorite places to visit is where I used to live: SE1.
Brinda: I've never heard of this place. Tell me about it! Do you have photos?
Susie: It's an area that encompasses both new and old. London's City Hall, The Shard, and London Bridge station are there along with more historic sites, such as The George Inn, Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, Drake's Golden Hind, Winchester Palace, Shakespeare's Globe, the notorious Clink Prison, and Tower Bridge. Of these wonderful sites, I love nothing more than to take a stroll through Borough Market and have a bite to eat, then have a sweet at my favorite bakery, Konditor & Cook, and walk along the Thames path a bit before settling in to enjoy the architecture and song of Southwark Cathedral - the resting place of William Shakespeare's brother, Edmund. After an afternoon spent absorbing the sites and sounds of the area, it's delightful to end the day with dinner and drinks at The George Inn with London friends.
Brinda: Thanks so much visiting. If I can't visit all these places, at least I can see them through your eyes.
Susan McCauley fell in love with writing, theater, and film when she was eight years old. That passion inspired her to receive a B.A. in Radio-Television with a minor in Theater from the University of Houston, a M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and a M.A. in Text & Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and King’s College in London. Susie also studied acting at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) in Los Angeles.
While living in Los Angeles, Susan wrote the story for and produced a short film, which later won awards at the Houston International Film Festival and the Seabrook Film Festival. In 2002, Susan moved to London to further explore professional theater. While in London, her stage adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose” was performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s George Bernard Shaw Theatre; and, scenes from her play The Prisoner: Princess Elizabeth were performed at HMS Tower of London. She returned home to the U.S. in 2005. In 2007, she was the line producer of the Emmy Award nominated Civil War short film Now & Forever Yours: Letters to an Old Soldier.
Her short stories, "The Nest" and "The Cask" have been published in different anthologies. Susan is currently working on her third novel. She also teaches writing and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, son, and two crazy cats - Lexi and Merlin.