No. 3 on the Red List, Coverfly…

Hey guys,

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. πŸ™‚ 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

“I love a sunburnt country…” Dorothea MacKeller

…I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze …

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackeller

This is perhaps the most perfect poem that expresses how most, if not all, Australians feel about our country. This poem connects us to our feeling about our country. I cannot even add words to the beauty and expression of the poem, so I won’t. It expresses how all of us have felt watching the burning bush and the driving floods recently, that has provided some relief from drought. There are many more areas to our country than this, that are not affected by floods or droughts but our whole country feels the pain of these areas. It is like a breathing organism, a body, if one part suffers the whole body feels it. There are many landscapes in this land, our breathtaking, pristine beaches and peaceful, rainforest regions as well as ranging mountain areas. Australians are not always patriotic, but I believe we love our land. I am a European Australian but I do feel connected to our land here, and I always will. That’s all I can say. Suzanne πŸ™‚

My book semi-finalist… Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest

Hey guys,

I just wanted to share some exciting news about my book Where the Sun Rises. I submitted it to the Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest late last year and I have made the semi-finalist list. πŸ™‚

I am very excited. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your support and for reading. πŸ™‚

Kind regards, Suz

This is the email I received this morning:

We’re excited to announce the Semifinalists of the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition!
 Selected from over 1,200 submissions, we are pleased to present the semifinalists for the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. We’re excited to be exploring these excellent books and to have received a slate of so many compelling works.

This year’s jury is comprised of literary agents from The Gersh Agency, United Talent Agency, and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the finalists and winners here and on our Twitter and Facebook pages within the next few weeks!

Take a minute to congratulate these talented writers on TwitterInstagramand Facebook.
 See The Semifinalists Here

No. 1 in three categories…

Hi guys, I just wanted to note this, as this hasn’t happened before for Freedom Writing. But it is Number 1 in three categories on Amazon Australia. If you are interested in this book, it is about the power of writing therapy and how to free yourself from unwanted emotions and stress. Have a great day! Kind regards, Suz

Map of battle in Where the Sun Rises

This was the battle for Kobane – 2014-2015 and the grey you can see is Daesh closing in. There are many landmarks that are within my novel.

It is difficult to enlarge the image enough.

But this was the reality of what the Kurdish women and men faced when defending their city.

If you are interested in reading about the phenomenal women that fought in this battle, or about two best friends and their loyalty and devotion to each other, Where the Sun Rises will appeal. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

Creative beginnings…

Hey guys, I have been recently pondering about how there are countless ways one can start a novel. At the moment I am working on my next novel and I am enjoying exploring this process of creating different beginnings for the book. I am also experimenting with first and third person.

The thing is with the beginning of writing a novel we have to experiment and start writing so that we can work out what we think will be best. We need to not get paralysed by the thought of so many options (haha). This is a hazard isn’t it? When you get frozen by choice. So, don’t do this, just start writing.

Beginnings are so important – and another good thing to do is to read other books you have enjoyed the opening of. Work out why you love these and think about whether you can incorporate this into your work.

So, enjoy the process too. I am enjoying the creative process and simply exploring options at the moment.

If you are curious about my current book it is available for sale on Amazon, and all online outlets as well such as Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and other outlets. πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading! Until next time! Go forth, enjoy your creativity! πŸ™‚ Suzanne