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For the love of fine stories… First, I wrote a memoir, that was twelve years ago. It was easy to write my story, it was not easy to write about me but I did and I was hooked, not just on writing but storytelling.


IMG_0461About Susan A. Jennings was born in Britain of a Canadian mother and British father. Both her Canadian and British heritages are often featured in her writing and it did in fact, inspired her to write The Blue Pendant Book I of The sackville Trilogy a perfect example of a trans-Atlantic saga that spans more than thirty years 1913 – 1947.

Raised and educated in Britain, Susan immigrated to Canada with her young family many years ago. She lives and writes in Ottawa Ontario. Susan began to take her writing career seriously after writing her memoir, ‘Save Some For Me’ a story of marital abuse and some hilarious mis-adventures of a single mother of five.

Susan’s ability to write a good story makes her an eclectic writer, having no difficulty switching from nonfiction to fiction; the story ideas just multiply as she writes. Her repertoire includes a series of short stories and lighthearted cozy mysteries. Her most recent passion is historical fiction, Edwardian and Victorian eras.


cropped-su-workbigcolour4armoutcleanpurpleribbon-e14374040509181.jpeg Who is Susan?  Through the words, she reads.

My favorite genres: mystery and historical fiction. My favorite authors are Anne Perry, Victorian mysteries, I get a double fix with mystery and history, Elizabeth George, mysteries in current settings and P.D.James, current and historical. Other authors are Elizabeth Gilbert, historical science and self-reflection, Bryce Courtenay, historical Africa and Australia and Maeve Binchy historical Ireland, and Kate Morton’s time slip novels. Canadian authors Cathy Marie Buchanan, Nancy Reichler and Tanys Rider, authors who have set their novels in historical times and many more, too many to mention. My Books page


I wonder what my choices of books and authors, reveals about me?

One thing that struck me was that each of these authors writes about strong female characters. I have a great deal of admiration for women who have struggled for recognition or faught under an unfair system, especially the brave women of history who have paved the way for future generations. Perhaps this reveals my secret.

Do your favourite authors reveal any of your secrets?


For the love of writing … That could be my mantra except it took me several decades to admit to it, and I am not going to admit how many. My advice to young writers; embrace your passion; weave the writing into your current lives. Waiting until the family is grown, the new career is on its way or retirement is looming will only deprive you of many hours, months and years of the pleasure of writing. 

For workshops, retreats and coaching go to Just for Writers.ca
To contact Susan  go to the contact page, Susan loves to hear from you.

Recent Posts

Ms Leila and Miss Penny

My assistant Miss Penny had an exciting day yesterday, a visit from her mom, Leila. I am not sure that Leila was as excited. She is an extremely tolerant mom and allows Miss Penny to chew her ears, jump on her and pull her along the floor. Leila was rescued from a puppy farm when she was pregnant with Miss Penny and six other little ones. It isn’t hard to see that Leila is a gentle, docile soul but her early experience has taught her to be suspicious around humans and other than her adopted owner Kathleen she is nervous around people. I have difficulty understanding how people can be cruel to defenseless creatures like Leila just to make money. All Leila’s puppies were adopted into good loving homes, and there is one less puppy farm in the area. 

I wonder about human nature. I am currently researching nursing in WW 1 for the new Sophie Series (working title) of books. The contrast of human nature, from killing and maiming to the compassion of healing and comfort for the dying. The men responsible for declaring war see only control and the gains of victory. There is no victory in war. I researched this war while writing The Blue Pendant Book 1 of The Sackville hotel Trilogy, Alex Walker served in WW 1. Alex wrote to his wife about the horrendous conditions for the soldiers, but I don’t think I fully understood the horrors, the fear and pain. The field hospitals, nurses and doctor saw war at its worst, not fighting with guns but fighting to keep soldiers alive and fighting for lives that would never be the same. Perhaps because the reading I’m doing at the moment is from a woman’s point of view, the focus is no longer physical combat, fighting to the death but on compassion for the men and fighting for the living. Human nature at its worst and its best. 

Books I’m reading:  A new book not opened yet, the smell of the print and the feel of the paper. I am excited. Yesterday I delivered some of my books to Coles Bookstore in Billings Bridge (great bookstore).  I spotted Elizabeth George’s new book, on sale, the punishment she deserves  A Lynley Novel. And, I love thick books, 690 pages I can’t wait to disappear into the mystery world with Detective Inspector Lynley and Detective Sergeant Havers. 

 

Nonfiction reading has moved from writing to research for the upcoming Sophie Series for research about the Great War. The Nurses of Passchendaele by Christine E. Hallett and Dorothea’s War by Dorothea Crewden.

 


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The Blue Pendant Book I     Anna’s Legacy Book II    Sarah’s Choice Book III

First in series The Blue Pendant  on sale on Amazon .99c

Anna’s Legacy and Sarah’s Choice E-book at all online retailers $4.99


Free e-book available Ruins in Silk prequel to the trilogy. A perfect summer afternoon read.

“Her mother’s death sets a path of tragedy; betrayal, misguided love and even murder ” 

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