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Author spotlight: Susan Horsnell

15 January 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Susan Horsnell author of 42 romances in the genres of Western historical romance, set in Texas and South Dakota, Australian Outback romance, contemporary romance, paranormal shapeshifter romance, male/male romance, ménage romance and children’s books. She will be attending ARR2019 in Brisbane.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I was in high school when I realised I had a flare for writing and storytelling.

Why romance and not a different genre?

I enjoy romance, the boy gets the girl stories, or the boy gets the boy.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I loved the byplay between Scarlett and Rhett even though she was besotted by Ashley. The book came to life for me through Ms Mitchell’s words. It has always been my favorite book.

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?


What is your favourite part of creating a story?

I love character creation and exploring their growth, twists and turns.

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

I don’t suffer this, but I mentor young girls who have. I give them three questions to answer, then I ask them questions about their answers and so on until their creative juices are flowing again.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover? (I am blind in one eye and cannot read the small print of paperbacks or hardcovers)
  • first person or third? (I feel like the character is speaking to me)

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

My inspiration is Margaret Tanner. She has done so much to develop my career.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less 

I am currently doing a very loosely based rewrite of Pocahontas. The story will be a novella in an anthology and then released in May as a full-length novel. It tells the story of a young Indian princess, in my case she is a lawyer. Like the real Pocahontas, she champions the rights of the Native American Indians. Her love interest is a half-caste Indian who cannot accept his native heritage. After an incident, the two are brought together and she opens his eyes and his heart to their people.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I have the second book in my Australian Outback series due in May/June. Andrew’s Outback Love came out in August 2018. In March I am part of a Calendar Men series—I have March. In May I am part of a Calendar Gal series—I again have March. There will be a book called Eight Letters. The third book in the Broken series—Broken Bum.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently.

Maralinga by Judy Nunn—love her books.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.

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