Susan Gregg Gilmore was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her writing career at the University of Virginia as a reporter for the school’s award-winning newspaper, The Cavalier Daily.
After graduating with a degree in history, she assumed a secretarial position with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. A year later, Gregg Gilmore entered graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master of Arts in American Studies.
She married in 1985 and with her husband, Dan, raised three daughters all the while writing for newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and the Chattanooga News-Free Press.
While on staff at the Free Press, Gregg Gilmore wrote a weekly column about parenting in the South.
Her debut novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2008), was a USA TODAY bestseller and Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 Book Award Nominee. NPR’s Alan Cheese called Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen a “stand-out coming of age novel.”
Gregg Gilmore’s second novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2010) was named a 2010 SIBA Summer OKRA Pick and selected as part of TARGET’s Emerging Author Program.
Her most recent work, The Funeral Dress, was called “a revelatory novel that offers an evocative account of the lives of Appalachian working women” by Kirkus Reviews and was selected for TARGET’s Emerging Author Program as well as named a TARGET Recommended Read.
Susan Gregg Gilmore currently lives in Chattanooga with her family and two dogs.