Suzanne Faed - Interview (May 2020)
Why do you want to be a published author?
Writing, for me, is my way of expressing myself and connecting to others through the written word. I love the idea that I have the chance to move others by invoking their emotions and making them think differently, making them feel inspired or uplifted or less alone.
Words, on their own, are just words. When put together they can be incredibly powerful. Creating sentences that turn into stories that make an impact on someone’s heart – that’s how I want to make a difference in the world.
I also think it would be pretty amazing that my written work and my name would live on, long after I am gone.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was about seven or eight. It started off as journal writing, where I’d write my day-to-day happenings in a diary – it had a padlock and key – which made me feel like it was very important business. I was serious about it and would hide it under my bottom bedside drawer. The writing was mundane and uninventive, but that was the beginning of expressing myself through words. My love of writing grew as I did and thankfully has never gone away.
How did you celebrate your first publication?
My first publication was the life story of my late father, which I independently published. It was a bittersweet feeling, as he didn’t get to see the completed book. But I held a launch in his honour, and family and friends attended. It was a special occasion and as much as it was emotional, it felt wonderful that I could keep his story and memory alive.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write best when it’s from the heart. I tend to use my personal experience as a catalyst for inspiration. It depends on the piece too. I write both in short story form and for children. My fiction pieces tend to be emotive, thought-provoking with deep underlying issues. When I write for children, I like to present an issue in a light-hearted and fun way. And sometimes I write purely to entertain and make the reader laugh. So, the style of my writing changes, and depends on the audience I am writing for.
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
Being a member of the Creative Kids Tales has allowed me to be a part of the upcoming anthology. I will have three stories published and their feedback and advice on each story was a great learning experience on how to work with an editor to improve my writing. I appreciate the opportunity, and sharing the experience with like-minded writers has been very rewarding.