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Susan Brocker


Susan Brocker has written more than sixty books, both fiction and non-fiction, which have been published worldwide. Susan has a history degree and a great love of social history that is reflected in her books. She also has a close affinity with animals which often shines through in her writing.

Susan had wanted to write a book set in New Zealand for many years, especially one on a topic close to her heart – the wild horses of New Zealand. In 2007, HarperCollins published her first New Zealand novel for older children, Restless Spirit, an adventure story about a desperate race to save a wild Kaimanawa stallion.

Since then, Susan has written six more novels set in or about New Zealand. Susan lives with her husband and many pets in a lovely old villa on a small farm near Tauranga. She is a fulltime writer and spends her free time horse riding, dancing, watching movies, and travelling near and far. Visit Susan’s website atwww.susanbrocker.com

Some tips for creative writing:

* Write about what interests you, what you feel passionate about

* Get inside the head of your characters: know what they want, what motivates them, and what stands in their way

* Don’t overwrite with lots of adjectives and adverbs. Make every word count. One strong word is better than two boring ones. Instead of “he walked slowly,” try “he trudged.”

* Show, don’t tell in your stories. Instead of writing, “She was sad,” what about: “A misty greyness crept inside her.”

* Use all the five senses when you write: the sight, sound, feel, smell, and taste of things.

* Use active dialogue that moves the story along and shows character: dialogue is not like real speech

* Remember to read as much as possible: the more you read, the better you’ll write.

Recent bibliography:

Restless Spirit; HarperCollins NZ, 2007

Saving Sam; HarperCollins NZ, 2009

Dreams of Warriors; HarperCollins NZ, 2010

Brave Bess and the Anzac Horses; HarperCollins NZ, 2010

The Wolf in the Wardrobe; HarperCollins NZ, 2011

The Drover’s Quest; HarperCollins NZ, 2012

1914: Riding into War; Scholastic NZ, 2014