Growing up in a publisher’s home in South Africa meant Fiona Sussman fell in love with the written word at an early age. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised her to issues of social injustice and racial prejudice – experiences that would inform much of her early writing.

She completed a BA in English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, however the illness and untimely death of her father saw her change direction and pursue a career in Medicine.

In 1989, Fiona emigrated to New Zealand, where she completed her medical degree and went on to work as a GP.

She found practicing Medicine immensely satisfying, however still hankered after the literary world of her childhood. Finally, the call to write became too great. She hung up her stethoscope, returned to university to obtain a Master of Creative Writing at AUT, and then she began to write in earnest.

Her first novel, Shifting Colours, was published in May 2014 by Allison & Busby, and by Berkley, Penguin (USA) in October 2015 under the new title, Another Woman’s Daughter.

Shifting Colours was nominated as an Amazon Rising Star for 2014 and was included in Sainsbury’s Best Debut Novel Collection 2014.

Her second novel, The Last Time We Spoke,wonthe Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel in New Zealand in 2017. It was also shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Prize in 2016. An early draft won the Kobo/NZ Society of Authors Publishing Prize.

Fiona lives in Auckland with her family. In addition to writing, she mentors Creative Writing students and assists in the management of the charitable surgical service she and her husband established in Auckland.



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THE LAST TIME WE SPOKEAlison & Busby 2016
SHIFTING COLOURSAllison & Busby 2014