SUE-ELLEN NEWMAN, AUSTRALIAN AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
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?