Susan O’Neill is the pen name for Susan Thornburg. The pen name is a full spelling of the family ancestral name and pride in her Irish origins. She grew up in the Chicago post-WWII suburb of Hometown, acquiring her first library card at the age of 8. She continues to be an avid reader, historical researcher and life-long learner. She graduated from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and History in 2006. She is the mother of two daughters and two sons. Her career spanned the banking, industrial and social service fields. For ten years she partnered with her husband in Ohio and West Virginia running a management consulting firm for smaller industries.