Murder in the Library
MURDER IN THE LIBRARY
Top of the South booklovers, keep the evening of Thursday 1 June free, as we'll be holding a Murder in the Library event at Nelson Library with local authors David Briggs and Alan Carter, as well as visiting author Fiona Sussman. More details to follow...
Auckland Writers Festival
Delighted to be sharing the stage at the Auckland Writer's Festival with Jonathan Cullinane, Kelly Ana More and David Schmidt. Join us for a session of readings from our most recent works as we explore the many dimensions of crime.
SATURDAY MAY 20 – 4.30-5.20pm.
LIMELIGHT ROOM, AOTEA CENTRE AUCKLAND
An Hour With Fiona Sussman
TAKAPUNA LIBRARY TALK
I'll be discussing my novel, 'The Last Time We Spoke', at the beautiful Takapuna Library on WED 8th MARCH at 6pm. If you're free, pop along for a glass of wine and some book talk. Be great to see you there!.
NZ Heritage Books and Writing Award
Thrilled to learn that 'The Last Time We Spoke' has been shortlisted for the NZ Heritage Books and Writing award.
Book Lover's Afternoon Tea
Mark SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13th in your diaries!!!!
BOOKS, CAKE, A GREAT CAUSE ... Come and indulge in a sumptuous high tea, listen to NZ authors share their stories, and help Hospice keep doing the wonderful work it does.
Michael King Writers' Centre Residential Workshop
The annual MKWC residential workshop will take place on Labour weekend this year . The programme, centred around the theme Writing NZ, People, Politics, Place, promises a feast of workshops, discussions and debates sure to help kiwi writers hone their craft. If you are free 22nd/23rd October, secure your place!
An interview with the lovely Lynn Freeman about 'The Last Time We Spoke'.
Number Two on Bestseller List
Indie Top 20
"The Last Time We Spoke" on the Indie NZ Bestseller List
Journey To Publication Workshops
Article in the Irish Times. The Last Time We Spoke
Takahe Magazine in Support
Takahe Magazine Feature
Book of the Day
Book of the Day Washington DC Libraries
"Another Woman's Daughter by @FionaSussman is today's beautiful, moving #BookoftheDay".DC Public Library@dcpl
Article Published on We Heart Writing
When to Call Yourself a Writer
Article Published 0n Writers' & Artists' Website
How Short Story Writing Can Help With Writing Novels
FIRST USA REVIEW IN
FIRST USA REVIEW IN!
The first USA review is in for 'Another Woman's Daughter'.
SAINSBURY'S BEST DEBUT NOVELS 2014
Very excited to learn that Shifting Colours is listed in Sainsbury's Best Debut Novels Collection for 2014!
Auckland Writers Festival 2015
I'm delighted to be featuring in an event entitled History's Shadow, reading alongside authors Laurie Halse Anderson (US), Zia Haider Rahman (Bangladesh/UK) and Airini Beautrais (NZ).
Friday 15th May 4pm - 4.50 pm, Limelight Room, Aotea Centre.
Lisa Hill of ANZ LitLovers reviews Shifting Colours and profiles my writing career:
The Book Show
Interview with Carole Beu on the Book Show – FACE TV
You can watch by following the link below (17.47 minutes in):
FUN MORNING FOR GREAT CAUSE
Join us for what promises to be a fun morning in support of a great cause - the Animal Sanctuary.
GOOD MORNING TV
An interview with the lovely Jeanette Thomas of Good Morning TV about 'Shifting Colours'.
Fiona talks with Lynn Freeman about 'Shifting Colours' and lots more.
NOVEL KICKS INTERVIEW
Find out a bit more about Fiona and her writing on Novel Kicks
Thrilled to see that the cover of 'Shifting Colours' got the thumbs up on Jennifer Joyce's Blog.
Thanks again to Keely O'Shannessy for her stunning artwork and Christina Griffiths for the beautiful completed cover design.
Cover Stars: Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman
Every month I choose my favourite cover from my TBR pile. Feel free to comment or add your own suggestions for 'Cover Stars'.
'This is the sweet memory of Mme, my dear mother. The first sweet memory ... Sometimes her laughter bursts into my head or I hear her call me – my name full and round in her mouth. Frustratingly though, as with all the memories I have of Mme, her face always blurs under the pressure of my focus.'
Celia Mphephu works as a maid for Mr and Mrs Steiner in a leafy, white man's suburb of 1960s Johannesburg. When racial tensions in the country reach fever pitch and the Steiners' plan to relocate to England, they offer to adopt Celia's young daughter Miriam and raise her as their own.
But Miriam finds England to be very different to the place the Steiners have told her about. And so begins her long journey through the years, back to South Africa, to find her mother and herself.
Set against the violent backdrop of apartheid South Africa and then the calm of late twentieth-century Britain, Shifting Colours traces the lives of a mother and daughter separated by land, sea and heart-rending circumstance.
Shifting Colours has quite a stripped back cover, but it's so striking. With the vibrant purple of the tree's leaves, my eye is instantly drawn to the book, inviting me to pick it up and see what it's all about. And then there is the flash of red of the girl's dress, which I find intriguing. Who is this girl and what is her story? The cover is simple, but it has certainly done its job of grabbing my attention!
Amazon UK Top Read
AMAZON RISING STARS PICK!
Delighted to learn that 'Shifting Colours' has been picked as an Amazon UK top read and has been shortlisted for the Amazon Rising Stars 2014. It will be showcased on their website 13-20th July and an overall winner will be chosen at the end of the year. Reviews can be posted on Amazon UK or tweeted using #AmazonRisingStars.
Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts
FOLLOW MY BLOG
Attending the Hay Literary Festival had been on my bucket list for a very long time.This year I was fortunate enough to be realise that dream! I was in the quaint market town of Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh Borders for seven whole days, soaking up the words of writers, scientists, actors, foodies, comedians and philosophers.
If you'd like to read more about my experience at this fabulous festival, as well as my trip to the Loire Valley in France, go to my writer's Facebook page to see the blog I kept.
An Evening to Diarise
Winner of the 2014 Kobo/NZAuthor Publishing Prize
WINNERS OF PUBLISHING CHANCE OF A LIFETIME ANNOUNCED.
Two new authors have won the publishing chance of a lifetime, with the inaugural 2014 Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing Prize which will see their books professionally published by the Kobo Writing Life platform.
Fiona Sussman is fiction winner with Sentenced, a gritty novel about disaffected youth in the New Zealand urban underbelly. Judges described Sentenced as a gripping, thought provoking story about a tough subject.
Robin Sisley wins the non-fiction category with Eat the Wind about rescuing stallions from slaughter before the 1997 muster of the Kaimanawa wild horses. Judges commented that the manuscript stood out with lively writing which flowed naturally and a subject both exciting and surprising.
The results of on-line reader voting on writing samples of the 10 finalists coincided with the decision of judges, which means both Sussman and Sisley win a Kobo reader as well as fully professional editing and digital publication.
“The purpose of the award was to recognise excellence in creative writing as well as to create a launching pad for writers’ careers, and clearly these two manuscripts stood out,” says NZ Society of Authors President Kyle Mewburn. “We look forward to following their careers on the international platform which this prize can provide. It is a significant win and we congratulate these new writers.”
Kobo Writing Life operations manager Jodi White convened the judging panel. “Kobo is proud and very delighted to be a part of this Publishing Prize, and are excited to offer these authors the opportunity to publish a professional book, at such a value that the author probably could not afford to do on their own. Kobo’s panel of judges really enjoyed this and having the opportunity to be part of kick-starting an author’s career is truly something we value and believe in.
“We cannot wait to start working with the authors.”
The New Zealand Society of Authors, http://www.authors.org.nz, December 2013
First Place Graeme Lay Short Story Competition 2012
"This story manages in less than 1500 words to present the complexities of the life and death of its deceased central character. Skillfully structured, many-layered, and with a deeply satisfying ending, The Gift is a worthy winner of this year’s competition. Fiona read her story to a packed auditorium and the enthusiastic applause that followed was vindication the delighted audience wholeheartedly agreed with Graeme Lay’s selection."
Beatties Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community, Monday, December 10, 2012
IP PICKS 2010 AWARD
Best Fiction | Commended | Fiona Sussman: Shifting Colours
"Shifting Colours is a powerful story of family ties, secrets and love. This intriguing novel is foremost about the relationship between Celia and her daughter Miriam and all the struggles and turmoil that come between them. Separated by land and sea, Celia and Miriam’s story begins in South Africa’s violent landscape and then continues in calm, quiet England. As you turn the pages, you are magnetised by the surprises, great details and the captivating writing that takes you into the heart and mind of the characters."
IP eNews 45, Vol 12, No 1.