About Susan

Teacher, Beekeeper, master storyteller, and author of the classic New York Times Bestseller, Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections, Susan Chernak McElroy’s writings are published in more than twenty languages worldwide. Susan is a nationally recognized, passionate, and original voice on the subject of our emotional, biological, and sacred relationships with animals and wild nature.

A dynamic and gifted presenter, Susan is a powerful catalyst for personal growth and change. A long term-survivor of advanced cancer, She speaks from a rich body of lived experience, reminding us that our evolutionary journey toward becoming more fully human beings has included thousands of years of intimate connection with animals and the living Earth.


Why Buffalo Dance (NewWorld Library, Fall,2006)
All My Relations (NewWorld Library, Fall, 2004)
Heart in the Wild (Ballantine Books, 2002)
Animals as Guides for the Soul (Ballantine Books, 1998)
Animals as Teachers and Healers (Ballantine Books, 1997)
What Bees Want (Countryman Books, 2021)


Kinship with the Animals, edited by Michael Tobias and Kate Solisti-Mattelon (Beyond Words Publishing, 1998)
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals, edited by Linda Hogan, Deena Metzger, and Brenda Peterson (Ballantine Books, (1998)
Wounded Healers, edited by Rachel Naomi Remen (1991)

Cancer as a Turning Point: Volume II (Sounds True Audio, 2004)
Animal Wisdom: True Stories of the Animals Who Change Our Lives (Sounds True, 1997)
Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections (Random House, 1997)

Vegetarian Times
Yoga Journal
Kindred Spirit
Magical Blend
Light of Consciousness
Common Ground—Reflections
Dog Fancy
Science of Mind Magazine