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Susan Bennett's first job entailed selling very large knives (think the bowie knife – that’s not a knife, this is a knife – from Crocodile Dundee) to complete strangers, along with camping goods and other assorted goodies such as replica pistols. Twenty years on, it finally occurred to her to wonder what some of those people wanted those replica pistols for, and she strongly suspects that many of the people she sold handcuffs to weren’t actually buying them as a joke gift, as they said. As such thoughts never entered her young head, she was able to look her customers happily in the eye and smile broadly as she helped them with their purchases, never suspecting that in an hour’s time they would be handcuffed to a bed somewhere.
Since then she has worked in a mercantile agency, in technical support in the early days of P.C.s; mostly in administration and once, packing boxes. She feels the less said about that last one the better.
She cites Lisa Simpson as her greatest influence.
In addition to Grace, she has developed The Cook's Toolkit by Clever Pumpkin. Some of her recent short fiction appears in Overland (203) and Etchings (10.)
She is currently considering writing a sequel to Grace and will soon release Trial of the Romance Novelist.
on Dec. 04, 2011 :
This is a book you will not want to put down once you start reading. From the very first page it keeps you enthralled wanting to know what happens next while simultaniously not wanting the book to end.
The story moves from one good scenario to another building into a crescendo of violence. Without giving away any spoilers it tells of friendships, old and new, that cross cultures, age and background. This book made me laugh (out loud which amused my family)and shed tears. A very cleverly woven mix of humour and suffering. I would recommend this book and hope to read more from this very talented author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)