Susan Firman

Biography

Hello readers
Welcome to my world. I live in the North Island of New Zealand with my husband. We are both retired now and somehow just as busy. We have three grandchildren.

I began my working life teaching some wonderful children in a small rural town surrounded by dairy farms. After some years, my husband and I set up an orchard and kept bees. We hired them out to pollinate other orchards and collect pollen.

Then, one day we uplifted our roots and headed into town and we became tutors. Then, several years ago we decided to retire but I have now increased my volunteering and find I am just as busy as before. I discovered as story I had written many years ago and during a wet winter I thought it would be good to review and update it.

Yes, and I have just published a second book. There was much research to do before I was satisfied and so this second book took quite a few years to prepare and another few years to write. You can read about how this story was created by going to my interview page.

I hope you find the time to enter another world and read my books, think about them and enjoy them. I ask you please leave a review for me and other potential readers.
Thank you.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in England and when I was nine, my parents immigrated to New Zealand. Life was difficult for children who were from immigrant families, especially at first because other children did not accept your differences. At that time, there were also many European families who had settled and those children had the difficulties of language as well.
The area my parents first settled in was predominantly Maori and they had different cultural aspects from the other New Zealanders and from what the government of that time expected. In some respects, those children also had to find their way between two ways of living and sometimes two languages.
Those early experiences have allowed me to share in some of the difficulties when one is "an outsider" and the time and effort required to become accepted.
When did you first start writing?
At school. I wrote serial stories when was ten and read them each morning to the class. But those were never kept. I wrote a few poems which I kept in a special book, just for me. They were my secret thoughts. The two novels began as stories I had drafted when I was a teenager.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Susan Firman online


Books

Opposite Sides
Price: Free! Words: 178,550. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A love story, spaning three decades to the end of the war, explores the difficulties of friendship and acceptance. However, duty to one's country dictates how one has to live and behave but one young man has a secret, even his own family does not know.
Time to Remember
Price: Free! Words: 79,390. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Encouraged by her grandfather, Jenette makes a trip to Norway where she is drawn into an experience beyond her control. Plummeted into the nineth century she is forced to rediscover herself and come to terms with another culture in another time.

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