New Reviews – Where the Sun Rises…

Sunrise in Kobane, Syria.

A story of devastating loss and ultimate triumph

“This is a war story unlike any I’ve read. Thoroughly researched with easy to read prose, I was initially intrigued by a story about female soldiers: what makes vibrant young women risk everything by taking up arms and leaving families already decimated by war? As each woman is drawn into the conflict we learn more about them: their culture, their land, their history and yes, why they take up arms. While we learn about how they train and fight, this was not the highlight for me. With each new chapter I was drawn deeper into the lives of these truly courageous women bravely confronting the horrors of ISIS. Together they suffer devastating losses but also experience the deepest love of friendship, sisterhood and sacrifice. The story builds to a tragic climax of seemingly senseless loss that will bring tears to many readers (as it did for me). But the final chapters show us the results of all they suffered, made all the more poignant by the historical truth it’s based on. My life is richer having read this novel. Definitely recommend it!” 

Amazon Customer

“A great account of what the Kurdish women and men achieved against a vile enemy. Not just a book about conflict but the conflicts that these women faced. A book that well documented the human struggles of all wars. I highly recommend it to all modern history buffs.”

Angus McGeachie

Hold everything lightly…

Hi everyone,

The sky was so delicate and soft that night I took the pics and this person was flying … 🙂

Hold the important things close, and everything else lightly.

My thoughts and prayers are with my friends in New York, I was only there 15 months ago and it breaks my heart what is happening, and also with Italy, Spain, the UK and all of the other countries that are being ravaged by this virus.

My love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of the countries including my own that are affected right now. We will get through it, but we need to make sure we are there for each other through all of this. I have lost two people very close to me years ago, and I want to say make sure you pull people close who are dear to you, check in on people in your life, and make sure you say things you need to.

Go well, be safe and take care. Suz.

ABC Interview…

Hi guys,

On Thursday I was interviewed by ABC Journalist, Annie Gaffney on ABC 90.3 in Australia. It was an incisive and lovely interview, unfortunately I can’t share it here due to copyright issues. But if another one happens soon I will share it so you may be able to catch it.

Thanks for reading. 🙂 Stay well, don’t panic and be kind. 🙂 Suz

Happy International Women’s Day!

Photo comes from: Women’s Revolution in Rojava from Facebook. (


These women inspired me to write my novel Where the Sun Rises, for their courage, love, humour, spirit, determination and perseverance. But all women inspire me for these same reasons, everywhere in every country, speaking every language, appreciate and celebrate your women today!