Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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. 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. In 2001, Phillips was inducted into the Romance Writers Hall of Fame.

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


As Justine Cole (with Claire Kiehl)

Single novels

  • The Copeland Bride (1983)

As Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Sorted by publication

Single novels

  • Risen, Glory (1984)
  • Glitter Baby (1987)
  • Fancy Pants (1989)
  • Hot Shot (1991)
  • Honey Moon (1993)
  • It Had To Be You (1994)
  • Heaven, Texas (1995)
  • Kiss an Angel (1996)
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine (1997)
  • Dream a Little Dream (1998)
  • Lady Be Good (1999)
  • First Lady (2000)
  • Just Imagine (2001)
  • This Heart of Mine (2001)
  • Breathing Room (2002)
  • Ain't She Sweet? (2005)
  • Match Me if You Can (2005)
  • Natural Born Charmer (2007)

American's Lady Series

  1. Fancy Pants (1989)
  2. Lady Be Good (1999)

Chicago Stars Series

  1. It Had To Be You (1994)
  2. Heaven, Texas (1995)
  3. Nobody's Baby But Mine (1997)
  4. This Heart of Mine (2001)
  5. Match Me if You Can (2005)
  6. Natural Born Charmer (2007)
  7. Nobody's Baby But Mine / This Heart of Mine (Omnibus) (2006)

Bonner Brothers Sub-Series

  1. Nobody's Baby But Mine (1997)
  2. Dream a Little Dream (1998)


  • Honey Moon / Hot Shot (2005)


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