I wish I had a time machine because I’d go back ten years and give myself such great writing advice.
I always knew I would write a book one day. I spent years writing the beginnings of books but never finished them. I finally sat down and drafted my first complete manuscript while on maternity leave with my third child. It wasn’t easy to coordinate all three kids’ naps to create moments to write, but I did it. I had my novel drafted and I hoped it was great.
Spoiler alert, it wasn’t.
That amazing book that was exploding in my mind with all of its twists and turns just didn’t come together on the page. I’d been a business executive for twenty years. My grammar and spelling were top notch. But something was missing.
I didn’t give up. I was determined to do my book justice and so I took courses from some of the best writers, editors, and agents in the industry. I volunteered in my local writing community and listened keenly to those who had gone before. I got feedback on my work. I learned and became fascinated with the science behind how words on the page become a story to readers.
Finally, my debut Young Adult Fantasy novel, The Fountain, was published and went on to sell thousands of copies and become a Finalist for an Aurora Award, Canada’s premier science fiction and fantasy award.
I was asked to speak, teach, and tour in schools, but I was working around the clock and had to choose between my job as a Vice President, Operations for a products company and taking the leap into ALL THINGS WRITING.
I leaped and I haven’t looked back. But I never could have predicted what would come next.
Writers asked me to read their work.
I shared what I’d learned and their books got better. I became an editor.
Writers then asked me to help them get their newest book projects started and provide them with regular feedback on their drafts, or help them build their author presence. I discovered that I loved helping them follow their dreams. That is how I became a Book Coach.
Through the community I had built, I met my first publisher, my publicist, and finally, my wonderful agent. I published two more books. I am now an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified Book Coach and I hear from writers every single day who want to know how they can take their writing to the next level. And I’m so happy to help them get there.
Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker, Young Adult Author
Suzy is a Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker and the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain Series (The Fountain, The West Woods, Wall of Wishes). This fantastical Young Adult Series has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars and a bronze medallion from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She is represented by Naomi Davis of Bookends Literary Agency.
Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved member in the writing community. She is a Program Manager for Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC), teaches writing at Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and is a touring member of the Young Alberta Book Society. Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools.
Her book coaching business grew from the number of writers coming to her for writing tips, editing, marketing advice and motivational support on their projects. She loves working with writers at all stages in many genres, including Non-Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Middle Grade, Picture Books and of course, Young Adult. Suzy is an Advanced Certified Book Coach from Jennie Nash’s Author Accelerator.
Suzy speaks to youth and adult audiences across Western Canada about how literacy can unlock doors and help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
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