In primary school I loved writing ‘compositions’. These creative writing exercises had me lost in language. In Year 5 or 6 I wrote something about ‘relieving a present of its paper’ and it earned the comment, ‘… as if it were a living a thing.’ I enjoy words. For many years I kept journals.

Over the years most of my writing was of programs for classroom delivery! Later, a short stint in project management had me writing para legal documents. It wasn’t until I stepped away from the classroom that the juices began to flow in creative writing. Time to let thought distill, time to reflect, time to write – and here I am!

One day, I was visiting my mother in the central West Aussie wheatbelt where it dawned on me that her cases and trunks of family history are a treasure trove of writing ideas! Letters, photos and memorabilia from the 1800’s onward serve as  a springboard for my venture into historical fiction. My current novel – hopefully a trilogy – was triggered by one photo from the stash.

Coupled with my love for words, I also really love photography. I explore poetry and fiction. When I write I am ‘at home’ with who I am. If I am not writing I fall apart!

ES Dunn - Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Range, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child and is a life-long passion. Susan is also passionate about reading and attributes much of her learning from the wonderful literature she keeps discovering.

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