Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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Born December 11, 1948
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1983 - present
Genre Romance

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (b. December 11 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an award-winning and best-selling American writer of romance novels.


Susan Elizabeth Phillips was born on December 11 in Cincinnati, Ohio (U.S.A.) to John Aller Titus and Louesa Coate Titus. After receiving a B.F.A. in theater arts from Ohio University, Phillips taught drama, speech, and English at a local high school until her first child was born, then became a stay-at-home mother.[1]

In 1976, the family moved from Ohio to New Jersey, where Phillips became best friends with her neighbor Claire Lefkowitz. Phillips and Claire often discussed the books they liked to read, and one day decided to write a book together. After several months, they came up with a system for collaborating on a historical romance. Their book, The Copeland Bride, was purchased by the first editor to read it, and was published in 1983 under the pen name Justine Cole.

Phillips found that she really enjoyed writing. Claire and her family moved shortly thereafter, and Phillips had to learn to write a story by herself. She was successful, and her subsequent novels, published under her own name, have reached the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. She is the only five-time winner of the Romance Writers of America Favorite Book of the Year Award.[2] In 2001, Phillips was inducted into the Romance Writers Hall of Fame and in 2006 was a recipient of the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Phillips and her husband, Bill, met on a blind date while in college. They have two grown sons, and currently live in Chicago, Illinois.


  • Natural Born Charmer: Outstanding Romance of 2007, American Library Association
  • Quill Nominee as Best Romance of 2007

Booklist's 2007 Editor's Choice, Audio for Adults

  • It Had to Be You: 1995 Rita Awards Best Novel winner
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine: 1998 Rita Awards Best Novel winner
  • Dream a Little Dream: 1999 Rita Awards Best Novel winner
  • First Lady: 2001 Rita Awards Best Novel winner

Amazon's Top 25 Romances of the Century

  • It Had to Be You: Amazon's Top 25 Romances of the Century

Complete List of Awards


As Justine Cole (with Claire Kiehl)[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • The Copeland Bride (1983)

As Susan Elizabeth Phillips[edit]

Sorted by series/stand-alones

Single novels[edit]

  • Risen, Glory (1984)
  • Hot Shot (1991)
  • Honey Moon (1993)
  • Kiss an Angel (1996)
  • First Lady (2000)
  • Just Imagine (2001) (revised and retitled version of Risen, Glory (1984))
  • Breathing Room (2002)
  • Ain't She Sweet? (2005)
  • What I Did for Love (2009)

Chicago Stars Series[edit]

  1. It Had To Be You (1994)
  2. Heaven, Texas (1995)
  3. Nobody's Baby But Mine (1997)
  4. Dream a Little Dream (1998)(This is not an official Chicago Stars book, but continues the story of the Bonner family begun in NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE. It contains Gabe's story as well as Ethan’s)
  5. This Heart of Mine (2001)
  6. Match Me if You Can (2005)
  7. Natural Born Charmer (2007)
  8. Nobody's Baby But Mine / This Heart of Mine (Omnibus) (2006)

Wynette, Texas Books[edit]

  • Glitter Baby (original 1987; revised rewrite 2009)
  • Fancy Pants (1989)
  • Lady Be Good (1999)
  • First Lady (2000)
  • What I Did For Love (2009)
  • Call Me Irresistible (2010)
  • The Great Escape (2012)


  • Honey Moon / Hot Shot (2005)


  1. ^ Huseby, Sandy. "BookPage Interview February 2001: Susan Elizabeth Phillips". Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  2. ^ Lundin, Leigh (2011-11-20). "Wellerness". Humour in Writing. Orlando: SleuthSayers. 

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