Having met Susan Tarr in both ASMSG and eNovelAuthorsAtWork, I have not only appreciated how many times she has FB shared and tweeted about my books, interviews, and features, but also all she has done for so many other authors as well. In short, she is always there for us. I have also admired how she was able to write such a powerful and heart wrenching book as When The Rollercoaster Stops then switch gears to pen the hilarious Jack: Just an Ordinary dog in the Dog House, and never miss a beat.
But more than that, what I’ve come to treasure are our private FB conversations, where her fine, dry sense of humor usually runs rampant (on more than one occasion she has made me laugh so hard, I’ve almost choked on my coffee) and her great compassion for people in general always shines through. Our easy back-and-forth banter and discussions about life have always made me feel safe enough to discuss absolutely anything with her. So thank you, dear Susan, for your kindness, your insights, and your marvelously droll, New Zealand sense of humor that never fails to raise my spirits and simultaneously, center me. OOPS! Dear me, I meant to write humoUr, with that British “U”!
Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.
She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family. Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.
Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”
New Zealand Creative Arts Awards 2012
2016 1st prize Literary Fiction award.