Susan Sowerby lives, sculpts and writes in the West Australian surfing town of Margaret River. She is best known for her sculptures of sea-drenched mermaids and mer-men, but also sings and paints. She has written and illustrated several children's books. 'Spring forgot to Come,' with its colorful illustrations is free on her website.
Susan is the author of 'Saltwater in the Soul,' the first novel in a series of three. She is fascinated by myth and legend which she sees as a way to understand more deeply the human condition. For this reason, she includes some myths in her fantasy novels. She holds the firm belief that our stories mark the progress of our civilizations.
Susan has three grown sons and lives on a conservation property near the south-west Australian surfing town of Margaret River, in a little cottage surrounded by various forms of wild life. She is in love with Mother Earth and will always remain so.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was 'The way of the whirlwind.' My grade one primary school teacher first read some of it out loud and I was so enamored of the story (about a little Aboriginal brother and sister who lost their baby brother in the dream time, stolen by Here and There, the whirlwind.) I tried hard to read the rest myself, but it was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life.
What is your writing process?
Writing process? I chill and fall backwards. I never know where its taking me plus I need to be free of mental clutter which isn't easy. As an Indie author, having to learn about marketing, checking all printing, going through everything with a fine toothed comb to find punctuation errors etc, I have not been able to put pen to paper for a long time, but now I've thrown marketing out the window,yehoo! my muse is back. She almost died of undernourishment, but I'm feeding her up now and she's looking quite healthy again. For me creativity seems to come from a very different compartment in the brain than the above items. I have to say to my readers this writing racket is a catch 22. If I think about marketing, I can't write, but if I don't market, you won't find it! Meditation helps a little.
'Reality is most certainly not as it seems.'
When Finn, dissatisfied with his life, escapes from an impossible family situation to the quiet of Erraid in the Hebridean Isles, he has no idea he is about to confront an ancestry which arises from the deep ocean. His sea-born relatives believe he is their prophesied link to the chaotic human race. Time is running out to deliver a vital message. While struggling to come to terms with this, Finn is drawn into a reality he could not have imagined in his wildest fantasy or his darkest nightmare. As the the mystery deepens, he is forced to deal with the fractured minds of a treacherous conclave which operates within the human race.
'The only feeling worse than suspecting you are paranoid is discovering what you fear is real.'
In the second book, Finn’s girlfriend, Bridget, is kidnapped and powerful hidden adversaries emerge from the shadows. In order to outstrip them, he is forced to activate his sea-born blood. Unseen forces draw him towards a destiny he struggles to accept.
Seven mysterious orbs have the power to unlock a fantastic future, yet in the wrong hands they could cause humanity to fall into a void so deep it might never escape. As Finn strives to place the orbs in their correct positions, a desperate battle is raging, a battle to control the minds and hearts of humanity.
Finn rolled out the map across the table. Blood from the gash above his eye dripped onto the Hebrides. He thought, I've got to get as far away as possible.
He finds refuge in a tiny croft on the stormy isle of Erraid, but fear arises when an apparition appears at his door. A flash of lightning reveals a silhouette, naked, with dripping dreadlocks to the knees. Its eyes glow like those of a cat