Susan Casper (US, born 1947) worked in a record store, a factory that manufactured pants, a supermarket chain and the U.S. Post Office, before she took a job in the Pennsylvania Dept of Public Welfare, where she worked for 15 years. She raised a son and spent her spare time listening to her writer & editor husband and her writer friends chatter about the craft. Hopelessly out of the loop, there was only one way to fit in. She began to write stories, and discovered, to her surprise, that after working at it for a while, she could actually sell them. She retired from her job and became a full time short story writer. (It helps to have another income in the family.)
When she's not busy writing she plays at the computer, digital art being a hobby. She and her husband, Gardner Dozois, love to travel, and to spend time with their two grandchildren.