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. 🙂
I was excited to see that my book had reached number 3 on Action Manuscript of the month and is Number 4 – Action Manuscript of the year.
This is on coverfly which is a database for screenwriters to host their screenplays or manuscripts.
“Our goal is to become the most efficient way for writers to be discovered by the entertainment industry, and the most trusted guide for emerging writers to achieve their goals…In addition to hosting your projects for free, Coverfly uses your project’s reviews from submissions to top-tier festivals, competitions, fellowships and coverage services to provide a measure of our confidence that an Industry professional would be interested in your screenplay.”
So, it is nice to have this opportunity to have my book up on this site. 🙂 My place has been earned by being the semi-finalist for the Cinematic Book Contest with Screencraft that I was informed of a few weeks ago.
Anyway, thanks for reading! If you’re curious about my book Where the Sun Rises it is available everywhere online in print and ebook. I will include an amazon link, but you can get it in print on Book Depository all around the world.
Have a great day! Kind regards, Suz
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
For me this is good reminder to keep going. But if you’re thinking about it, just start. You can always edit later. 😄🌻
Go well, until next time. Suzanne
It’s this time again – when we all seek to celebrate the advent of a New Year. I love this time of year and I seek to reflect on what went before this and then be expectant for the year to come. Or in the very least focused again. 🙂
This year, of course had many challenges within it, but also many adventures. I am excited that my book Where the Sun Rises was launched this year, I travelled to Singapore to see my friend get married and I was part of an Indigenous program in schools which opened up new avenues to help Indigenous youth. I met amazing people this year, and there were also areas of pain as well, as in everything there is darkness and light. In life, and in any writing, life is full of difficulties but also a lot of wonder and awe, and peace.
I am looking forward with expectation for the New Year. I will be teaching part time at university again, working in the Indigenous program and I have started writing my second novel. This second novel is already a lot easier, in the sense that it is closer to my life. It is about one of my characters in my first novel. It will be set in Sydney, Syria and the Sunshine Coast, which I have never done before. It will be so interesting. 🙂 I am also writing from a different point of view, to the first novel, which is still being decided at the moment. 🙂
I am excited to explore this narrative about Sarah Johns, who is from my first book, Where the Sun Rises. In 2020, I am expectant that there will be many adventures, obstacles, fun, excitement, as well as joy and happiness.
For all of my friends, loved ones, family and people I know, I wish you a beautiful celebration tonight and a challenging, exciting and awe inspiring New Year. 🙂 Kind regards, Suz
Yesterday, I was reflecting on the journey of writing my novel I released in October, 2019. The central idea I had for this novel four years ago was to explore the idea of courage, and to reject the notion that it is purely a male characteristic. I have pondered this for a long time how women in my life have showed so much courage and some men have not showed the same courage. A few friends have told of stories when they faced a partner that was violent and how they were not scared at all of them.
A juvenile example of this is when I was a young kid I loved going on those little rides, like the cars in the shopping centres, but my brother only wanted to sit on them and was too scared for them to actually go. When I was a three year old, I walked off into the Australian bush to go explore and find a dam that was on our vast outback property and my brother said he couldn’t go with me. I had two dogs with me and I reached the dam and then realised I was very lost. Consequently, my family had to come and find me, miraculously they did find me and I was okay. I am not sure if this is courage or just a desire for adventure and not knowing what I was doing. (haha). But still…
Also, I have heard many stories from my friends who were fearless towards men fighting etc and stepped into situations like this. After I experienced domestic violence once, since that I have found myself in a couple of situations where I have stepped in between two men fighting or a man victimising a woman. I will always go towards helping in these situations as I remember that feeling that there was no one to help.
So, the notion of courage I always felt had been mosty unrecognised in women. However, in 2015 I became enthralled by the extreme courage shown by the Kurdish women fighting Daesh in Syria.
For more than three years, I have lived and breathed this novel and been with these women. They inspired me to walk in courage, and every time I felt afraid of something I thought of what they sacrificed and what perils they faced. Then I was able to do somethings and overcome.
These women still live with me and will always be with me. The women in my novel are based on a lot of research I conducted, but they are fictional. I created their back stories, personality and characters. These characters will always be with me throughout out my life. In Where the Sun Rises I sought to reflect the courage I saw in these phenomenal Kurdish women, but also that I see around me in my female friends and I hope to reflect myself.
I think that coming to the end of 2019, I am reflecting on the year that was, and also how thinking about these women spurred me into many things this year. I wish to continue to take this inspiration from these women – and it is for men as well, into 2020. I am so keen for a New Year, this year had many challenges, but was also glorious as well.
Let’s move in to the New Year with Courage! Bring it on! Thanks for reading! Suz 🙂
Hey guys, if you are curious about my book Where the Sun Rises and in the spirit of Christmas – I am giving it away for two days. 🙂
Feel free to download it and read and review if you an on amazon. 🙂
Thanks heaps for reading! It’s a joy to communicate with you all.
A very kind review on Amazon.com for Where the Sun Rises. 🙂
Reviewed Amazon in the United States on December 17, 2019
“”Where The Sun Rises” by Suzanne Strong confronts the soul in ways reminiscent of Nadine Gordimer’s writing. The author’s ardent prose follows an earthy drumbeat that resonates in the manner of Hemingway’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” yet it is made all the more poignant by Strong’s empathetic touch.
The story unwinds the most recent tragedy for the Kurdish people in Syria seen through the eyes of two women friends. Daesh beheadings and atrocities perpetrated against their family members, friends and neighbors enrage Karin and Roza and provoke them to enlist in the Kurdish Women’s Brigade where they make war employing guts and daring.
Experience the ISIS siege of Kobane on the ground and feel the way a woman brings the tragedy of the war in Syria and the ongoing struggle of the Kurdish people to life.”
I felt very fortunate to be asked to film this short video about my book and how I wrote and researched it over the past 3 years. Check it out. Thanks so much to the Sunshine Coast Council. 🙂