SUE-ELLEN NEWMAN, AUSTRALIAN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

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INTERVIEW WITH SUE-ELLEN NEWMAN aka SUEELLEN11 AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN POET AND PUBLISHED AUTHOR

1. Where are you from? Tell us a little about your childhood and education.

I was born in Sydney Australia, I was raised on the Central Coast, did not have the perfect education, leaving school at age 14, family life was a happy normal family unit, normal sibling squabbles, but nothing major, a very hard working Dad, trying to provide for our needs, thing were tough in the Fifties, but we came through without any problems, all very happy healthy children,

2. When and why did you begin writing? / What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote my first poem in 2006, loved poetry at school, but got put off writing at an early age, I remember having to submit a poem as part of our English test, of course, I thought my poem was great, but the teacher though otherwise, giving me a F, telling me I was wasting my time, I did not have an artist bone in my body, so writing fell by the way side, but in 2006, I stumbled on a poetry site, this site had a poetry contest running, I wanted to enter but remembering what I was told as a kid, thought I had no chance, to cut a long story short, I prayed to GOD, to help me write a poem , you guessed it, throughout the night, I kept waking up with verses and rhyme, on waking, I remembered every word of the poem, I wrote it down, and entered it, no I did not win, but was awarded the poem printed on a wooden plaque, that poem was called, The Wonder You.

What inspired me to write my first book, all the wonderful poets that have given me so much support, encouragement, and gentle critiques, and when I was so honored by my fellow poets, and voted winner of the Global poets award 2011, and their teaching and great friendship,

3. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Well, I have so much to learn about Poetry, styles/formats, I have not thought about the idea of myself being a writer, though many of my friends always encourage me, not to put myself down, but this year, I have so improved in my writing abilities, and feel I can say, I first considered myself a writer, in 2011

4. Do you have a specific writing style?

No, I don't have anyone form of poetry style; I like to try all poetry styles, though I find a few a bit hard. I guess I can say, I like, Haiku, Senyru, Tanka, shape poetry, I do like the Anaphoric and Acrostic, plus I love to have ago at the created poetry styles of my fellow poets.

5. How did you come up with your book titles?

Oh, I left that up to GOD, let HIM speak within, then it popped in to place for me

6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Life is precious, no greater joy then having Loved ones, family and friends to share our lives with, to know how blessed we are, with this wonderful planet, animal and plant life, and to make sure every step we take, leaves footprints for those who follow, to lead them to believe.

7. How much of the book is realistic?

I guess I can say the whole book is realistic as it is my life’s journey, my love for GOD, and the beauty I see within this world.

8. Are experiences based on someone you know, or event in your own life?

No it is all based on my journey through life and the beauty of the written word.

9. What books have most influenced your life most?

I am not an avid reader of secular novels; my main interest is world politics, and Bible, Science, End time prophesy, so the book that has influenced my life is the Bible, I have a hunger for the WORD,

10. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Oh, this is so hard, I have so many mentors, within the poetry world, and I could not pick one,

11. What book are you reading now?

Part way through a fellow Christian writer’s book, called the Twelfth Imam, and of course my newly released Poetry Book, “ Poetry the Artistry of Life”.

12. If you had to choose one book to read the rest of your life, and nothing else, what book would it be and why?

Ah, The Bible, why, the greatest written works ever written, the true hand book of life, a guide to our survival, the joy and comfort we can draw from it in times of need, for the eyes doth see the mysteries revealed.

13. Do you have something you are working on at the moment that you’d like to share with us?

Yes, I do have a work in progress, one a Children’s Poetry book, and a pocket book of Haikus/Senryu, but they are a little way off as yet.

14. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I would not, my publicist Daveda Gruber, has created an amazing book. Cover and graphics, I am very happy with my book, Poetry The Artistry of Life


15. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Not really, all I know that it has been in my mind from childhood, I loved to write composition and I liked poetry.

16. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their writing.

Another hard one, I have many poet friends, who I love their writings, and to mention just one or two would not be fair, as they know how much each and every one of them have inspired me,

17. Who designed the covers?

Daveda Gruber, and what a wonderful job she did, colours perfect and the Angels are wonderful.

18. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Choosing the poems I thought readers would relate to, and draw comfort from within and would find enjoyed in their content.

19. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes dreams do come true, don’t let others put you down, and value your friends advice..

20. If you could mirror the career of any other author, who would it be and why?

Ok, Daveda Gruber, her awesome talent for writing, her excellent ability at creating graphics, and the knowledge in publishing, Joree Williams for her teaching abilities, on the art of poetry, styles, rhyming and formats, Helen McManus for her artistic abilities with graphics and the skills of Mary Ann Duhart, her editing and writing skills.

23. (If writing is your main occupation) If you had to choose something besides writing, what career would you choose and why?

Writing is not my main occupation, so I would chose writing, but I love art and have been painting since 2001, so I guess I would love to both write and be an artist full time.

24. Do you have a muse? (A person, type of music, location you love) .

Oh yes my dear Robert, my Muse is GOD, for GOD is the Poet in me

25. What is the interview question you always dread being asked? Can you give us the answer?

No Robert I can’t give an answer as I have never thought about it

26. What is your favorite interview question, and what is the answer?

Never thought about this question either, but I guess I would like someone to ask, my religious beliefs, so I can tell them how much I love GOD, with all my Heart, Mind Body and Soul

27. What is the most interesting thing about you?

Hard one, but I think most would find that I am an achiever, will try to attempt and succeed in all I undertake, I am not put off by negative comments, if my heart is set on a task, I will give it all I have, yes all my achievements have come late in life, so I will tell everyone, follow your dreams, they may not come in your time, but they do come.

28. What is the worst book you’ve ever read? Why?

Ron.J Hubbard’s, Dianetics, that is out there man, I guess that is why scientology is considered such a cult.

29. Is there a website or page you would like to be included on your review post?

http://www.poetrywithpassion.com/PoetryParlour/member.php?u=268

http://publishingwithpassion.com/SueEllenNewman.ht

http://youtu.be/Ob0lp5MC8eo?hd=1

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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Sue-Ellen for sharing this interview on hubpages.com. You are a very interesting interview. I look forward to reading the comments of your family, friends and others. Robert


Shirley Williams 5 years ago

Sue-Ellen’s Book is unique and her thoughts are compelling, congratulation on her first contribution to the world of poetry, Sue-Ellen’s interview was truthful forward and above reproach, the Book, Poetry The Artistry of Life and the above interview, brings out the writing abilities and personality Sue-Ellen has.

Well done I am so Proud of you.


Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

I have known Sue-Ellen for many years, we did lose track for awhile as poetry sites change and poets move to varies others. I have always admired Sue-Ellen's poetry, I found it inspiring and thought provoking, it brought comfort to the heart and soul. Sue-Ellen is an amazing lady, she has inner strength, compassion and so much love inside her heart. Congratulations on your wonderful book it is well deserved to have your beautiful poetry published so many can enjoy it. Take care my friend always, Lee


carol colliver 5 years ago

I think her poetry is great inspiring writing. Congratulations on your book. Looking forward to reading more from her.


sue-ellen 11 5 years ago

yes Lee we go back to good old days on old blue,

thank you for your, encouraging and inspiring comments, you have always been a great mentor and wonderful friend, it is so beautiful that we can make such wonderful friendships, on these wonderful poetry sites, and the support we give and receive, you have been a great support for me, blessings and hugs sueellen


sueellen11 5 years ago

thank you carol, for your wonderful comments, i am grateful and my luv, you will be reading more from me, hee hee, thank you so much, blessings and hugs, sueellen11


sueellen11 5 years ago

thank you so much Robert, for taking time to interview me, i so enjoyed the interview, great questions, and loved giving a little more insight into my life, thank you, blessings and hugs sueellen11


Sharon Turner 5 years ago

I have had the privilege of having read already Sue Ellen's book and found it to truly inspiring with beautiful poems within. ""A must read"" -- Well done Sue Ellen and look forward to reading more of your books in the future.


sueellen11 5 years ago

thank you my dear sister in christ, i am so happy you enjoyed the book, and yes dear friend, there is more to come, thank you for taking time to read my interview and read my book, i am so happy you so enjoyed the book, blessings to you always my dear friend, hugs sueellen11


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Daveda Gruber 5 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

Firstly, may I say thank you Sue Ellen for mentioning me with such high regard. I can only publish a good book when the manuscript is well written and inspires me to create graphic art designs. You have such wonderful talent my dear friend. You do have a website link for all to more about your book and a video to display the release of your book. Sue Ellen's webpage is: http://publishingwithpassion.com/SueEllenNewman.ht... Her link to her book video is: http://youtu.be/Ob0lp5MC8eo?hd=1 Poetry the Artistry of Life is a beautiful poetry book to add to anyone's collection and I am proud to have published it!


Viola 5 years ago

What a beautiful interview my dear friend and Sis in poetry. Sue Ellen, I so much enjoyed reading your wonderful interview and learning more about you. I am here to tell you that your teacher didn't know what she was talking about. You are a wonderful writer, and the Lord said that He will give you the desires of your heart. Without Him we can do nothing but through Him all things are possible. I am so happy that you asked God to be your writing partner because I do love reading the words that He gives you to write. God bless you Sue Ellen. You are an amazing poet and lady. Love Sis Vi


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Daveda for the additional links to Sue-Ellen's poetry. I have posted them at the end of her interview.

Bob


sueellen11 5 years ago

dear sis Vi, i thank you for your wonderful comments and for reading my interview, you have been an inspiration to me in my walk into poetry, and without you and our wonderful family of poets, my dream to write may not have come about, i thank you for your time spent on reviewing and reading my poetry, glad you enjoyed the interview, and your words are so true, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IN OUR LORD AND GOD, blessings and hugs sueellen


sueellen11 5 years ago

Daveda, you are amazing and such a wonderful mentor, and you have Blessed me so, without your time spent reviewing and encouraging me in my writings my dream to write may not have come to pass, i thank you and your wonderful poetry site, for all the wonderful and talented poet/poetess that i have come to call my family,and i thank GOD for guiding me why back in 2006 to old blue where many a lasting friendship began, have i told you how much i love my book, hee hee, will tell you again, you are awesome, the book is just perfect, your graphics wonderful, thank you for publishing for me,

blessings and hugs sueellen


Marie Falck - Ruhlmann 5 years ago

Sweetie, this was an awesome interview and you dear are an amazing woman. I too love how God inspires the poetry while sleerping etc. It's happened to me that way too. ALL things are possible to him/her who believs. And you my dear asked God in faith believing and He inspired you in your fantastic poetry. God bless, and keep on writing for Him.


sueellen11 5 years ago

yes dear Marie, GOD is the Poet in me, and i thank you too, for you inspire me as do all our poet/poetess on PWP, what a wonderful family of friends we are, always there to help each other, this is what i call home, thank you for taking time to read my interview, glad you liked it, blessings and hugs sueellen


Helen F. Holub (Pumpkin) 5 years ago

My dear Sue Ellen, What a lovely and awesome interview with Bob. You have done so well on PWP and I know that Daveda is a wonderful mentor. Your take on life and especially on your love of God and the Bible is beautiful. I know it is important to me as well as family. But Jesus is the highest on my list, too. God bless you for a beautifully done interview. You have many who have submitted comments. You are a kind, lovely woman and have done so well on the site. We are most proud of you and your book. Blessings always, Helen ?


Mary Ann Harring-Duhart 5 years ago

What an awesome interview SueEllen11..I enjoyed it from top to finish. As you can see we can't allow the negativity of others to stop us from reaching our goals. You need to send that teacher an autographed copy of your book and tell him/her thank you for God see's far better than man. Continue to write and I am sure there will be more to read in the future. Like the song writer said, "I see you in the future..and you look better..I see you walking in favor and prosperity"..shine on my friend and thank you for mentioning me in your article. We are to encourage and uplift one another. I pray you greater success in the future. Looking forward to reading your book...hugs..Mary Ann


william 5 years ago

Suellen is one of the loveliest ladies I have known in a short period, her poetry is always fascinating, she is kind in her reviews to others, and is well loved in the community, I am proud to have her as a friend..


Helen 5 years ago

What an excellent interview SueEllen.....

Much success with your new book and future endeavors


sueellen11 5 years ago

thank you so much Helen for stopping by to read for me, i and glad you enjoyed the interview, Robert asks the perfect questions to answer, blessings my friend, and thank you for your support, hugs sueellen


sueellen11 5 years ago

thank you so much Billy, for your wonderful comments, it was wonderful, glad you liked it, and i give thanks to you also for being such a great support and for all your great reviews on my poetry, blessings and hugs sueellen


sueellen11 5 years ago

pumpkin my dear friend, thank you so much for stopping by to read my interview, i know you are not well so i am so grateful you stopped by, and thank you for your great support, i am so grateful to you and all for giving me such encouragement to keep writing, blessings and hugs sueellen


sueellen11. 5 years ago

dearest Mary, you have been so supportive and given such encouragement to me, without all our wonderful talented poet/poetess and their support, this book may not have become a reality, thank you so very much, and thanks for taking time from your busy day to read my interview, blessings and hugs sueellen

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