About Susanna Freymark:
I write. I wonder. Not necessarily in that order.
My first book Losing February is about love and sex and is published by Pan Macmiilan.
My second book, not yet released, is called Drowning on the Way Home where the theme of home is explored. Is home a place or people? Set in the Central Australian desert it also explores friendships, culture and family dysfunction.
I work as a journalist and write short fiction stories when I’m not working on a novel.
It is easy to see how words are such a big part of my life. (yes, I even like Scrabble).
In between writing, I sail, garden, walk the dog on the beach and love nothing more than sitting on the verandah with family and friends, sipping wine and talking about the world.
What inspires you to write?
Life inspires me. The way we talk, interact, love and cry. People fascinate me. It can be a snippet of a conversation, a hand movement, any small detail sets off a story.
I write to understand what I am thinking and a story rolls around in my head, sometimes for years, before I start writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
First up, I write without planning or thinking. For about 20,000 words to see what comes out.
I give myself permission to write rubbish so my self-editor stays quiet.
After the 20,000 mark I look at what I have and ask myself: Am I prepared to commit to this story? It is amn imnpirtant question.
If the answer is yes, I don’t stop thinking about the story, the characters and what might happen. I make a rough plan on big sheets of paper but stay open about it., It nearly always changes. I collect pictures and quotes that inspire me in writing a particular story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I sit down to write, I ask the characters what they want to do. The answer is often surprising. I love seeing where they take me.
What advice would you give other writers?
I am of the never-give-up vein. And intolerant of excuses for not writing. If you want to write a book then you have to turn up at your desk and write every day.
Just do it. Your first draft is private and it doesn’t matter what it is like as long as you get something on the page. Editing has its own magic in shaping a story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I submitted the first chapter of Losing February to the Pan Macmillan Manuscript Monday. Anyone can do it. If they like it they ask for more. They did and here I am.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always crave stories. Whether in film, radio, orally or through books. It is how we learn about ourselves through stories. I think both print and ebooks will remain strong but the shape of these will change. Print books will becme more special and collectable while digital printing will be written in briefer formats such as books suitable for reading on a smartphone. At the end of the day- it still has to be a good story.
What genres do you write?: Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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