Henri Nouwen on writing…writing therapy! :)

Writing Reveals What is Alive in Us

“Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals to us what is alive in us. The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know. Thus, writing requires a real act of trust. We have to say to ourselves: “I do not yet know what I carry in my heart, but I trust that it will emerge as I write.” Writing is like giving away the few loaves and fishes one has, trusting that they will multiply in the giving. Once we dare to “give away” on paper the few thoughts that come to us, we start discovering how much is hidden underneath these thoughts and gradually come in touch with our own riches.”

Text excerpts taken from “You are the Beloved”
by Henri J.M. Nouwen

A reason why I wrote Where the Sun Rises…

My novel Where the Sun Rises is fictional, but I wrote it to tell the stories of the real women who participated in these battles in Syria. My characters are fictional but their stories reflect real women who I discovered through research. The details of the characters I created however. In my mind and heart the whole way through writing this novel, sometimes with tears, was to tell the stories of these unrecognised women who gave their lives for their families, friends, people and land. Anyway, this is why this quote particularly resonates with me. Have a great day. 🙂

Latest review…


Lisa Ceh

4.0 out of 5 stars 

Eye-opening and eye-watering look into the life of Kurdish Women

Reviewed on Amazon.com.au on 27 August 2021

Once I started reading, I was drawn into the war torn world beyond our satisfied lifestyle. The Kurdish people have nerves and back bones of steel because they face difficulties as a collective group to fight unjust situations and life’s hardships. I couldn’t put this book down. I am seriously waiting for the sequel.

My recent art…

Hey guys, recently I have been getting back into visual art. I have been taking some art classes and loving exploring the techniques and mediums. I studied art until year 10 at school and had private lessons from an artist I knew. I wanted to be a visual artist growing up but at a certain point I realised I wanted to focus on writing. However, I still love visual art, and I love the way you can create an impression of something or someone, and use colour and lines to recreate the creation. It’s a beautiful process. Anyway, I wanted to share some of my art. 🙂

I hope you are all going well, in whatever country you live in, and that things in your country will improve on the Corona front. We are fortunate in Australia – our isolation has helped us, as well as good decisions by governments. But stay well everyone! Lots of love from across the ocean. 🙂 Suz

Female soldiers from Kobane featured in book…

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/16/968424630/women-take-the-lead-in-fighting-isis-in-daughters-of-kobani?fbclid=IwAR399FNZEND0h2S2WHz5DG2zDSaKo6RwMdh2YZ2nUEMjfTbTPGNRuBXLWbM

Hey guys,

I was on Facebook this morning and on my feed there was an item about this new book about the women who fought ISIS in Kobane. I am glad these women are getting more attention now, and with Hilary Cli nton’s new show about strong women featuring them as well. My book Where the Sun Rises was inspired by these women and I started writing and researching in 2015 and finished it in 2018/19. Where the sun Rises was published in 2019 and is about two best friends and how they have to sacrifice different things in their lives, to fight for each other as well as to defend their land and also for women’s rights. My book though it is a novel is based on real women I researched over 3 years. If you are interested to check out a novel that delves into themes of friendship, courage, loyalty and the fight for rights, and what lengths people will go to, in defence of their friends, then Where the Sun Rises would suit you. Thanks for reading, and stay safe. 🙂 Suzanne

(My book is available on amazon and many other outlets as well).