Susan Day

Biography

Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It was the sixties and the cheapest way to circumnavigate the globe was by cruise ship. All alone, it seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia.

From her Irish heritage she learnt how to tell a good story well and the importance of storytelling in the re-living of her family’s past and present experiences. Her mother taught her that a good story should make people laugh then cry. But if you can make people cry with laughter then you’ve achieved something worthwhile.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent a many years of my childhood aboard cruise ships. This was the cheapest way to travel and so, before I turned seven I had circumnavigated the globe twice - not on my own, mind you, there were a lot of people on those ships!

The experience gave me a lot of ‘fodder’ to draw from when I was asked to write stories in class. I was also an only child and from a very early age I felt the need to recount my thoughts to my friend, Rupert the Bear. Together we’d try and nut out the weird and often unfathomable logic of adults. We’d record the fantastic things we saw – flying fish; armed military standing on every corner in some dark mysterious land and a psychedelic poster in the rec room (that kept me intrigued for hours!)

During this time I developed a great love of pencils, paper and drawing and I still have Rupert.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent a many years of my childhood aboard cruise ships. This was the cheapest way to travel and so, before I turned seven I had circumnavigated the globe twice - not on my own, mind you, there were a lot of people on those ships!

The experience gave me a lot of ‘fodder’ to draw from when I was asked to write stories in class. I was also an only child and from a very early age I felt the need to recount my thoughts to my friend, Rupert the Bear. Together we’d try and nut out the weird and often unfathomable logic of adults. We’d record the fantastic things we saw – flying fish; armed military standing on every corner in some dark mysterious land and a psychedelic poster in the rec room (that kept me intrigued for hours!)

During this time I developed a great love of pencils, paper and drawing and I still have Rupert.
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Books

Neptune's Trident!
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,020. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Arrr! Me, Hearties! Avast ya pack of seadogs! It’s Captain Black from the wicked pirate catfish gang. I’m here to tell yas about a new book that stars me and me gang. Neptune's Trident it be called! There’s a lot of dogs in it too but don’t let that put ya off.
A Christmas Calamity - Illustrated & With Spylinks!
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,440. Language: Australian English. Published: December 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
After the terrible calamity that befalls Santa and the reindeer it is our much loved heroes who are left to save Christmas. Surely, it can't be that hard? Drive the sleigh, deliver the presents, eat all the milk and cookies... Simple! Sadly, the wicked acts of one old alley cat and a robot undermine our heroes at every stage and saving Christmas is not as easy as you might think!
Speed Bump Charlie's ABC
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Alphabet
Speed Bump Charlie's ABC with illustrations is not for the faint hearted. You should only read this story if you’re really brave. I mean really, really brave. Are you brave enough to save your granny from a burning building? Are you brave enough to eat a worm? A live one?!!
The Gypsy Curse! - Illustrated
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,570. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
So far, the greatest enemy Astro and the gang has come across has been Speed Bump Charlie, the evil alley cat. That is until now! Tinka, the Gypsy Cat, winds a curse not only around our brave heroes but around Speed Bump Charlie himself. What can Astro and the gang do? Will they all be caught and be thrown in the Check Out?!
Romeow & Drooliet
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In the style of the great bard, this tale of two paw-crossed lovers leads us on a tragic tale. There is also a message to every pet owner about the importance of neutering their pets.
Major Dakota's Ghost - Illustrated!
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
When Commander Rocky vanishes in a puff of smoke Astro gathers the team and they travel to the USA to rescue him. However, things don’t go to plan and our valiant heroes become dog-napped and locked in a room without a door! Their mission is further complicated when they have to save a group of celebrity dogs being held for ransom and deal with five ghosts lurking in the haunted house!
Rampaging Rats - Illustrated!
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,760. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
In this fun children's book our heroes have to save Melbourne City Airport. It is being destroyed by monster rats. People are led to believe that dogs are responsible so Astro and our valiant team not only have to destroy the rats, but they also have to find out who created these terrible creatures and clear the name of the secret Organisation that exists to save dogs from neglect
The Golden Treasure - Illustrated!
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,690. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
In this great children's book of the Astro's Adventures series, The Golden Treasure, our dedicated operatives are sent to find a secret treasure which has been stolen by the evil cat, Speed Bump Charlie. To make things more difficult the Golden Treasure has been cleverly hidden in the one place no dog has ever entered before - a cat show!
The Christmas Mouse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,150. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This book is about a rather finicky little mouse lives is a tree in the country. His life is full of dinner parties and celebrations. However, his world is shattered when the tree he’s living in is chopped down and taken to a home in the city. Not only does the little mouse find himself dragged into this strange environment but the family who now own his tree are rude and quite lazy
The Whispering Castle
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
The Whispering Castle is an Interactive Adventure Story where the reader gets to add their own details and create their own story. This is the first of a series of these types of books. They are designed to capture the reader's imagination and let them take control of the story.
The Great Escape -- Illustrated!
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Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,550. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
There is a special organisation responsible for the well being of all dogs. Its main goal is to make sure that all dogs are provided with a proper home, a nice warm bed and a cat to chase. This organisation is kept secret from every human being and operates, as you are about to see, right under our very noses…
Understanding Your Dog.
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Series: Quick Puppy Training. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is a reference guide written by a Border collie called Rocky. It explains some of the fundamental issues that strain the human/dog relationship like why dogs bark at lawn mowers, chase cats and rip up cushions. It's a dog's view on our world and all our stuff in it and it also explains how to make your dog happier and healthier in the funniest way possible.

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Smashwords book reviews by Susan Day

  • Musings - Thoughts & Reflections on Life, Love & Surviving Heartache (Chapbook of Poetry, Sonnets & Short Stories) on July 07, 2014

    When I started reading this book I was instantly taken back to my university days where I was reading the Romantic poets. What a fantastic time it was. This collection is just as touching and inspiring. The beauty of these pieces can be found in their simplicity and honesty. In ‘Fog’ we hear the poet’s voice lamenting the loss of childhood in the teen years. Like a mist, we can hear the gentle rhythm of the poet’s voice describing her lack of understanding about this confusing time. The haunting images embellish each poem. I especially love the drawing which accompanies ‘My Tree, My Forest, My Fears’ where the female form grows and is entwined into the trunk of the tree. Its simplicity only enhances the beauty of the image and the poem. Also included are three short stories written by the author as part of a large series. Each story reveals a mature writer able to wield her pen to create an intriguing tale ranging from a husband’s observance of the various stages of his wife’s temper to the vividly represented Flaming-Winged Owl. I found the Croatian stories much more compelling than the Disney-ified ones that batter our senses on the popular media. Money from the sale of this book goes to support AnimalsAsia - an organization that works to end bear bile farming, promote cat and dog welfare, and end abuse and neglect in zoos and safari parks. I can highly recommend this beautiful collection to anyone who appreciates the finer art of poetry and storytelling. Grab a copy and support a great cause.
  • Have you ever seen a Blue Bunny? on Aug. 13, 2014

    I am so glad I’ve come across the author. This book is just fantastic. I read it to my three year old grandson and we laughed at the rhymes – who’s ever seen a rabbit with knotted ears! The illustrations are vivid and use generous slabs of colour to enhance the story. The different rabbits are portrayed in quite funny situations. They drive a van, play baseball, hang from trees and go fishing – just to name a few. The story is aimed at younger children and the rhymes will certainly support their language development. We got a lot more out of this book when I read it out loud to my grandson. It read simply but was still very effective. My grandson asked me to read it to him three times in a row and I know he’ll come back again and again. It is visually very appealing to all ages and looks great on my tablet and my phone. And I can imagine older children will enjoy this book too. I can’t wait until the next book is released. I can highly recommend this book to everyone.
  • ANTics on Sep. 01, 2014

    Antics by Dakota Douglas is a wonderful tale about three young ants who leave their nest on a foraging expedition. The trio, Zube, Brill and HesitANT, manage to escape the wicked spider, RepungnANT’s, (nicknamed Puggy) web only to find themselves battling Mrs Fairweather’s vacuum cleaner and learning about the wonders of other human inventions. The adventure continues and the young ants find themselves floating down the river with the spider close behind. They cleverly use their wits and out-smart him again. There are even more adventures including a cat fight, being trapped in a tin can and other strange and imaginative things. This story also offers a valuable lesson about bullying and so-called cowardice. One of the ants, HesitANT, is so named because he’s not willing to join in and is not as forward as many other ants. He is bullied by the other ants and it is obvious that he has low self-esteem and confidence. Zube and Brill, however, are willing to give him a chance and although there are some misgivings, HesitANT ends up having to face the hideous spider and outwit him on his own. We meet some other interesting creatures too. There’s the friendly worm named by the ants, PleasANT and the beautiful butterfly ElegANT. The author cleverly uses words that end in ‘ant’ to name her characters. These names also give the reader an idea about the types of personalities each character has. For example, Zube’s full name is ExuberANT. This book clearly has an educational component but the details of ant life are cleverly woven throughout the tale. Young readers will, not only be impressed with this information, they will be delighted with the antics of the three heroes. Teachers and parents will really appreciate the interactive ideas presented at the end of this book, too. I, for one, am going to put my vote forward for the name of the characters in the next book. I would highly recommend you all do the same. I’m looking forward to reading it.