Meet Susie Bennett, this weeks author guest:
Jack has the perfect life. A wife and son who love him, a job at the bank, a big house in the city; even a brand-new Jaguar. Then, in a fit of rage, he rolls his car, hitting a tree…
With his memory lost, he spends years on the streets of London, sleeping in parks, walking, forever walking, trying to find his family. Until, one cold night, he discovers a very different world. A world of waterfalls and wonderful flowers. A world of magic, where anything can happen.
A world that might, just might, help him to find his way home.
I live in Stockton-on-Tees and was born with Cerebral Palsy. Over the years I have had many surgeries to help me to be independently as possible. I enjoy writing and I started blogging a number of years ago, in an attempt to show people that you can live life to the full no matter what disability you have.
I then decided to take my blog one step further and go forward and writing The Sky's the limit. I enjoy helping people as much as I can through face to face contact and through networking websites.
Further writings and work for A Homeless Paradise
It is clear that Susie Bennett has done her research as she ably conjures up the vivid landscapes and settings which underpin her first outing in the vast realm of fantasy fiction. Yet always trailing an air of mystery in her wake that leaves the reader to add their own interpretation.
At times there are shades of Terry Brooks and his classic Landover series, at others there is a sense of the manic, more reminiscent of an episode of The Prisoner. None of this to Bennetts detriment, for the scale of the tale she has condensed down to a little under a hundred pages demands the twist and rather macabre turns she employs to lead her readers to a rather sobering and reflective conclusion.
Yes, A Homeless Paradise is a fantasy novella, but it might easily be tagged with the genre metaphysical, for the setting and circumstances of her main characters ultimately leave
Susie Bennett - In The Spotlight
A Homeless Paradise
Susie's new book out now
After a year living on the streets, Jack returns home to his loving wife and son. But the memory of the magical land he discovered pulls on him and, in a moment of madness, he steps back through the door…
But this time it’s different.
This time he’s not transported to another place, but to another time…
Along with his old school pal, Joe, he enters a world of pirate lords, prowling panthers and terrifying ghosts. Starving and lost, Jack must battle through a crazy world where up is down and down is up, where trees can burst into life, all to find the most important treasure of all…
His way home.
Born in Stockton-on-Tees with Cerebral Palsy, Susan Bennett throughout her early life was constantly told that she wouldn’t be able to walk, talk properly, move properly, swim, hold a job down or live a‘normal’ life – “Whatever that is,” says Susan. As she grew, Susan needed to prove this was not the case. Not to herself you understand, because she always knew she would be able to do these things, but to those in the medical and educational fraternity and other doubters.
This book demonstrates Susan’s steely resolve to overcome all of life’s obstacles, some physical and some emotional and some quite devastating. The book reflects Susan’s feelings of cherishing what you have and not worrying about what you don’t have, all with a happy demeanour. One by one the ‘can’t do’s are ticked off as ‘done’.
Susan says: “If anyone gets a modicum of motivation from reading this book, then it has been worthwhile.”