Suzanne was born and grew up in Sydney, her family lived in the US when she was young. Since Suzanne was a small child she has been fascinated with words. From the age of five when she first encountered words, in Kindergarten on a manila folder game, she fell completely in love. As she grew up, Suzanne became obsessed with writing, and creating stories that would invoke empathy and allow the reader to live, breathe and feel what the characters do in an intimate emotional dance. Writing her first stories when she was 10 years old, Suzanne loved writing and drawing cartoons and wanted to be a cartoonist.
During her young life Suzanne wanted to be a visual artist. She was always drawing and painting. But in the end she decided writing was her passion, so she studied journalism. In the following 20 years, Suzanne worked as a freelance journalist for different publications and most recently has graduated with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing in 2017.
Throughout her life, Suzanne’s writing career developed in journalism, but also creatively. Suzanne believes that her many experiences in life, personally and professionally, allow her to more richly and freely write about other people’s experiences.
Her short stories and poems have appeared in many journals over the years, including in Compassion: A Creative Anthology, The Quarry Journal, Grapeshot Magazine, Studio Magazine, Time Off and Heretical magazines. Her journalism has been published in many publications including; AMG Magazine, The New Internationalist, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue, The Review Independent Monthly, Boardwalk Magazine amongst many others.
Her book Freedom Writing has been Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon USA and Australia. Suzanne’s poetry received an award from the SCLA Annual Writing Competition and her short story on Amazon Shorts came 6th out of 300 entries.
Her novel, Where the Sun Rises was launched in October, 2019. It was Number 1 Hot New New Release in Amazon USA and Number 1 Best Seller in two categories in Ausralia.
Where the Sun Rises was written over three years and involved more than 2000 hours of research as well as a trip to the Israeli border with Syria to do on the ground research. It was completed as part of her Masters.
Suzanne has now started her second novel. She remains fascinated by people and characters who do unique and unconventional things, and is driven by a desire to tell these stories and bring to life different perspectives and experiences for readers.
"Where the Sun Rises is an ambitious, compassionate and powerful novel. Sensory memories accessed through scents and tastes are used brilliantly to evoke the physical strain, tenderness and revulsion of war for female soldiers in the fight against ISIS. Their story deserves a far wider readership and Strong’s achievement lies in her ability to take us into their dangerous world.”
Dr Toby Davidson, Lecturer, Macquarie University, Sydney.