Suse is forty-something. Unhappy with the lot dealt by fate, she traded in one lifestyle for another no less than three times before finding one that suited her.
She has been writing in one form or another since secondary school when one of her original short stories was returned unmarked on suspicion of having been copied from a magazine. Iteration 1 of slip/stream is the first work that has made it into print due almost entirely to self-critique and procrastination. It won't be the last.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually a kitchen island, wedged near the patio door so I can see out into my garden. This is my creative hub. I have my 'big' computer screen at the back and a wireless keyboard, so that I can clear space to make artwork, knit, sew, cut things up and glue them back together. I sit up on a bar chair to type.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Vernor Vinge wrote two of them: A Fire upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. I think these were the first scifi books that I read that really moved beyond the 'hard' scifi I'd experienced until that point, that focused me on imagining what a far distant future could be like without the limitations of current day physics. It's fair to say that Slip/Stream would never have existed without this exposure.
Richard Ford wrote Quest for the Faradawn. I haven't read it for a long time now though I still have my copy safely on a shelf. For me, this was and still is the profound archetype of, well, a quest tale. Going from somewhere to somewhere else, and watching things fall apart and be remade around you. I loved it so much I almost don't want to re-read it again, in case I have changed so much as a person that I no longer find the same things in it now!
Three down, two to choose. You know, I don't think I can quite narrow it to five with certainty. There's just too many. I want to talk about Phyllis Eisenstein and the first two published novels in The Book of Elementals. I want to try and quantify why Dune by Frank Herbert built such worlds in my head. I want to pluck out the world building aspects of Tolkein and the carefree heroism in The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Saint. I used to read a lot of horror: Peter Straub, Stephen King, Richard Laymon. The Gunslinger! Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising sequence! My childhood friends, The Famous Five! I can't do it. Sorry. Let's move on to another question.
Lev is a man with a past, a man with many names and many faces. There are secrets hidden inside his head that even he can't access any more. Lev may have left his past behind, but his past has never let go. Soon, it will find him and remind him of what he once was, what he was capable of once and what he will be again.