This is a bit late but it has been an unusual year for everyone. Within this year the whole world stood still and united with one common purpose, to survive a deadly virus. This was anxiety producing but also was strangely comforting in that we were all experiencing it, wealthy and poor, rich countries and undeveloped countries, it was a leveler.
My brother has become deathly ill this year, and he was separated over a border within my country. This was extremely difficult, but we did visit him a number of times, there have been hospital visits and stressful moments of near death. I know many people have lost loved ones with this virus so I know there are many people going through unimaginable loss. I lost my other brother ten years ago to alcoholism, but it was a long struggle which stretched over a decade of trying to help him and doing all I could.
So, this year has had many challenges. I have a spiritual belief, so this keeps me grounded and I know everything happens for a Divine reason and I believe there is a loving God. At the end of this year I reflect on the good and the bad that occurred this year. I learnt a lot about myself, about what I really valued, about my creativity, about people in my life that were both positive and negative, about what to hang onto and what to let go of, about what was really important and I learnt to speak up a bit more.
Even though this year has been hard we have still learnt a lot about ourselves, we have bonded together at times, we have seen acts of kindness and hopefully we have learnt to look after others as well as ourselves.
I look forward to a New Year, which we should also know and accept is not certain in anyway, but it is certain that the people in our lives that love, appreciate, and listen to us, these are the precious people we need to value and love in return.
Thanks for reading. 🙂 I wish you a lovely New Year and I hope you had a beautiful Christmas as well. God bless. Suz
“Sarah Johns walked into the room with a cameraman shouldering his equipment. Karin noticed how Sarah stood with her shoulders back, walking with a casual, confident stride, her legs long and slim, seeming to lead the way for her upper body. Her presence in the room, strangely, was both unassuming and commanding at the same time. Her frame did, however, slump forward somewhat in a posture of weariness.
Her hair was short and dark like a raven’s; her eyes were a green Karin had rarely seen, deep in color, with light inflections towards the pupil and framed by long, black eyelashes. She was not wearing makeup and wore khaki pants and a black t-shirt that hung over her pants.”
Where the Sun Rises, Suzanne Strong, 2019
Hey guys, this is the character for my new novel that I am writing. The novel follows Sarah’s story, from her point of view and is set in Australia and Syria. 🙂 I am enjoying exploring her story. I will post more about this new novel as I go. It has been a very different process to my first book which was heavily based on research, this book is much closer to my own life, though it is not my life.
Thanks for reading, guys. Let me know if you are interested in my next book. Have a lovely day. 🙂 Suz
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020
“Where The Sun Rises, by Suzanne Strong, tells the heart-wrenching story of a town ravaged by war. People are dying, buildings are blown up. From one minute to the next, one wonders whether their home or even worse be taken from them. It paints a vivid picture of what living in a town driven by war looks like and how difficult life must be. Karin and Roza, or Kar and Rozi, as they are affectionately called grew up together. Both families now live in the dangerous town of Kobane. As the Daesh (AKA ISIS) advance rapidly towards the city of Kobane and it’s inhabitants, difficult choices have to be made. Should they join the fight? Should they stay and protect what they have left?
Due to circumstances they both experienced, Karin and Roza decide to join the YPG and fight in the battle for their hometown. The YPG is growing in numbers with more women fighting for their town and their freedom and it feels like their duty to join these women. Not only is it their responsibility it is their right. Karin and Roza, as well as some other friends, deal with too much in this journey.
Where The Sun Rises in this reader’s opinion, is a wonderfully told story of life and loss. This book played with my emotions more than once. I am left realizing how strong and brave these women are to fight for what they love and for what they believe in. If you enjoy stories of courage and perseverance, you will like this book.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2020
“Suzanne Strong has written a very powerful book that will tug at your heart. This is a story about the brave women who fought against the Daesh to save their town. An Eye-opener and a tearjerker to the way they sacrificed themselves for their comrades. This is a book that you won’t want to put down until you finish it.”
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2020
“A very powerful story and I read it in one go as I found it difficult to put down. The author brings the characters to life in such a descriptive way that you feel you are there along side them. If you want a true to life book then this is a must and I urge everyone to read it. It was a real eye opener.”
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Have a great day. Kind regards, Suzanne
This morning for the first time in a while I decided to write and rewrite some sections of my next novel. I have not had much time with all of my teaching I have been doing. I focused on some images, and memories between characters, as well as creating some nicknames. Nicknames say a lot about a character, as do names.
I had decided to call my main characters brother Tommy, for no real reason, I liked the name. This main character Sarah and her brother Tommy were always described as twins when they were young, always together and they looked alike as well. So, I was looking up the name Tommy for some nicknames and I saw that this name means “Twin” in Aramaic. What?! 🙂
This has happened to me before with a character out of my first novel that her name meant “burning and fiery explosion” and this character is blown up. I had not looked up the meaning of her name before I named her.
Amazing. I am struggling at the moment with how much of my real brother and my story I should put in this novel. I am tossing backward and forward in the strong wave undercurrent of whether to present it as it happened, my life with him, or a modified version as there is not much space in this current book. Then again maybe there is. Or do I keep our story for another book? This is what I am wondering at the moment. Maybe I modify for this book, then write in more detail my own experience with him.
I am reading Trent Dalton’s book, Boy Swallows Universe, and I know he wrote about his life in this book. It is inspiring me to brave and simply write what I need to. I am conscious of the significance of writing about my life, with how it could effect people but Trent Dalton said, “don’t worry about that, just write it.” That was my plan originally but I didn’t think I would become paralysed by how much to include and what details and how much do I put in of the hospital visits and struggles etc…It is all very interesting. I am really seeking guidance from within about it. I know where it ends, but how much of my own life will I include? This is the unknown at the moment.
Today, I am pondering on this, and meeting up with some writing friends so it should be good. Thanks guys for reading, feel free to comment if you like down the bottom. Have a lovely day! Stay well. 🙂 Suz
I love #Wordsworth, this poem expresses the peace of connecting with nature or the creation.
We are meant to be connected to it, we are part of it-snorkelling last week, floating with the fish and turtles, peacefully with the soft cool of the water around me, cradling me, I was part of their world, and they accepted me there.
Kind regards, Suz