Susan Day


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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How to Publish a Children's Book at No or little Cost
Pre-release—available January 10, 2016. Price: $8.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
How to Publish a Children's Book at No or little Cost will provide you with a step by step process of how to format, publish and promote your book yourself. This whole process is relatively cost free and once you've learnt how, you'll be able to create book after book. This book is for those of you who have the manuscript ready go and are wanting to take control of your work.
Waking the Dragon
Series: Astro's Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,440. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Babysit a baby dragon, they said. Then deliver it safely to China, they said. It’ll be easy, they said. What could go wrong, they said? Everything! You’ll need to hang on to your hat as Astro and the gang try to keep one step ahead of the evil genius, Speed Bump Charlie and his sidekick, Furball, hide on board a plane and negotiate Chinese dragons on this fast-paced, exciting adventure.
Astro's Adventures Illustrated Box Set Books 1 to 5
Series: Astro's Adventures Box Sets. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,640. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
To celebrate Astro’s birthday and Astro’s Adventures five year anniversary you can purchase a special box set of his first five books for a very low price. In this set you’ll receive, The Great Escape, The Golden Treasure, Rampaging Rats, Major Dakota’s Ghost and The Gypsy Curse. What a great gift for your middle grade reader.
Clarence. The Snake from Dunolly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,470. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The stories of Clarence the Snake from Dunolly came from the discovery of a six foot Eastern Brown Snake in the author’s veggie patch and the subsequent overload of information received on how to avoid being bitten. Thus from strange beginnings, Clarence was born.
The Haunted Circus
Series: Astro's Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,950. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Dog-napped by wicked clowns, Astro and the gang become entangled in the goings on of a twisted, evil HAUNTED circus.
Astro is Down in the Dumps A Teaching Resource Book
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Special education / mental disabilities, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Special education / social disabilities
This is the teaching resource book that can be used with Astro is Down in the Dumps. It is only available as a PDF on Smashwords so that it can be printed and used in the teaching environment. There is also a weblink and a password at the back of the book so you can download a PDF at anytime.
Astro's Horrible Hound Howlers or the Worst Dog Jokes Ever!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This book has been created to be viewed on a phone, tablet or computer. It is a collection of possibly the worst dog jokes ever! You won’t think they’re funny at first but after the first dozen or so you won’t be able to stop laughing. It’ll start with a smile, then a chuckle and before you know it, you’ll be rolling around the floor giggling your head off.
Astro is Down in the Dumps
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Depression & Mental Illness, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Suicide
This fun and entertaining book, Astro is Down in the Dumps, was created to give children the skills they need to build resilience and cope with depression and anxiety. Astro is feeling so sad and blue he can’t get out of bed. Then there’s a knock at the door… who could that be?
Dogs in Space! - Illustrated
Series: Astro's Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,600. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Come on! How hard can it be to find a replacement for the moon? Just head into space with a Moon Detector and it should be easy, surely? Well, maybe not for our heroes. They are after all dogs and prone to, well, shall we say, ‘little’ accidents. For example, knocking the spaceship off course; heading directly into the sun, being attacked by aliens… eating all the food supplies in the first hour!
Neptune's Trident! - Illustrated
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,020. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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!
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,440. Language: Australian English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Alphabet, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,570. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: 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!
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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!
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,760. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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
Tricks Any Dog Can Do!
Series: Quick Puppy Training, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
This great beginners guide will provide your family with hours of fun as you teach your dog these great tricks. These tricks are presented in a step by step format and are designed for any breed of dog of any age. Any child can teach their pet dog these tricks too.
The Golden Treasure - Illustrated!
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,800. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This book is about a rather finicky little mouse lives in 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011. Categories: 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!
Series: Astro's Adventures, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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.
Series: Quick Puppy Training. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Categories: 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.
  • Dance of Chaos on Jan. 26, 2015

    What a hoot! I have to say this is one of the best books I’ve read for some time. I just loved Fiona and her nutty mates, and even nuttier family. Like many young ladies, Fiona is - I was going to say ‘of our day’ but being a great fan of Jane Austin, I think she is representative of young women throughout history. She is intelligent and pretty but quite self-absorbed and prone to some hysterical “accidents”. She fantasizes about working with computers and alien invasions and, after very little effort, manages to swing her dream job. Things don’t go well and with a change in management poor Fiona finds herself on the wrong end of just about everything that happens at the office. Add to this, her delicate relationship with her mother, her spirited relationship with her younger brother and Moses the very naughty cat and we are set for some very funny incidents. Fiona literally lurches from one crises to the next. Does this faze her? Of course not! She’s pretty and smart - and that’s all that matters. Apart from the flaws in her character I loved Fiona. This is a fast paced and well written book and I’m sure you’ll love her too. Do yourself a favour and read it today.
  • Gift of Continence on Feb. 01, 2015

    Ormistion-Smith has done it again! This is a fantastic book. It’s funny and oh, so smart! Fiona is getting married and she feels that she’s investigated her life-long commitment to boyfriend, Tim, very thoroughly. After all, the dress was perfect and she looked gorgeous. What else did she need to know? Well, quite a lot really but I don’t think it would be fair to criticise her. Fiona tries really hard to have create a perfect wedding and to be the perfect, stay-at-home wife. However, things don’t go well. From the cat biting a hole in the wedding cake, to peeing all over the dress, this book will have you in stitches as you are dragged from one tragedy to another by the comic antics of Fiona and everyone she seems to come in touch with. While the antics of the horrid Tim were upsetting I think (without giving the plot away) that he got what he deserved. No one can behave that badly to his new wife, not to mention poor Moses the cat, and get away with it. This is a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. One day, I hope, it becomes a television show. It’s got all the right ingredients to become a hit. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy today. If your life is a little bit dull and quiet, read a copy of Gift of Continence – you’ll love it!
  • Elven Jewel (book 1 in the Hunters of Reloria series) on March 16, 2015

    What a terrific book. It is jam-packed with adventure and ‘turn paging’ action. I loved the central characters, Randir and Fendi. I enjoyed their relationship or bond with their fairies too. When the magical continent of Reloria is under threat from the Vergai it is up to our heroes to save the day. These evil reptile like creatures even plan to steal the Elven Jewel without which the land of Reloria would be defenceless. Ms Beaumont has deftly crafted an excellent tale for middle grade readers. It is complex enough to keep them reading but it flows so easily I can’t imagine anyone of them getting bored. Being the first of the trilogy I’m sure that your children will want to read the other books too. There are many things teachers and parents could use to further the lessons on team work, friendship and building resilience too. It would certainly be a great book to share in the classroom. I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review. I was genuinely surprised and delighted with it. I couldn’t recommend it more.