If you've ever met Susie Henderson (that's me), you know she's pretty much a creative geek. She writes, she designs websites (like this one), she draws, she's learning to paint, she sings, plays multiple musical instruments (at least she used to), she's a digital photographer, she sews, she crochets, she creates he own patterns…
Need I say more?
I would have put all that in the header of the site design, but then I wouldn't have had room for anything else. Besides, pretty much all of it fits under the heading artist, right? And of course, author.
I've been writing fiction since my eighth-grade teacher told me I wrote well. It has been an escape, when life was less than I wanted or MORE than I wanted. It was my best friends, when I didn't fit into my school groups, my sanity, my better life.
I began with fantasy, because--hey--I didn't like reality all the time, so why talk about it? The first books I wrote were muddles of ideas I gleaned from the Trixie Belden Mystery series (we didn't have great fiction for kids or teens when I was one), and the 1960s original Star Trek episodes from TV.
How embarrassing to admit!
But I played with those character, beat up those characters and made up those characters with a passion that has still not dimmed. My original series was an adult fantasy (even though the main character starts out as a 16-year-old in the first book).
Later, I branched into teen fantasy (thanks to National Novel Writing Month and a short story that wasn't), and even a modern-day romantic suspense (another NaNo creation). I've even started a historical fantasy.
But that's not all.
As you can see from this website, I also write non-fiction. Yes, I write the pages for this website (so far, exclusively, though I may invite occasional guest authors here). Websites, by and large, are non-fiction--oh wait! I've seen a few claims that are fiction!
I actually wrote non-fiction pretty early, too, in the form of long letters home. Usually, I'd add anything the leaf bit funny, and create lone, convoluted sentences that took your breath away (at least if you were reading them out loud).
Then I wrote newsletter articles for a group I belonged to, and eventually, moved into non-fiction as yet another creative outlet.
I write humor. You can see my first published humor here on the site, and buy a copy (print or ebook), as soon as I figure out how to post it correctly. I write how-to-write books (or will, when I have the time coming up). I have a "How to Write a Novel" series planned, but it's currently on the back burner.
I also write about natural health. Why, you might ask? Because I ended up with breast cancer and use alternative and integrative treatments in healing it. I was on my way to believing in cleaner food, household and personal products and the like back in 2006, and then I was completely converted when I found a local clinic with naturopaths, acupuncturists and Chinese medicine specialists to treat me.
There's still more.
I know avid readers like to know about their author's lives some. So, I'm willing to share some of what I do in my "off" time. Like bird banding. I have a permit to band songbirds, and enjoy doing that when I have spare time. You'll see some pages on here about that, and plenty of bird pictures, too.
I have a multitude of creative outlets I use, like sewing my own clothes, creating artwork for my house and taking photographs. Eventually, you'll see some of those kinds of items for sale here, too.
Reading. Let me not forget reading! One of my favorite pastimes and a great way to learn more about writing. I read even more broadly than I write, picking up everything from suspense and futuristic to historical and romantic (but only if it's suspenseful and not cookie-cutter). In non-fiction, I read to learn, to better myself, and to broaden my experience.
I also play with my dogs and cats (two of each, not counting occasional extras), hike on our beautiful mountain property and do things like Qi Gong to stay emotionally balanced.
You'll see bits about any and all of that interspersed on pages, or maybe pages dedicated to some of it. You'll also note that this is a website, but also can be seen as a blog. There's a box to the left, below the navigation buttons that allows you to subscribe to my site and see whatever's new when I post it.
We'll see how well I keep up with wanting something new each week.
I do have some social media pages, as well as this website. Depending on my schedule, sometimes I'm not on those as much, but you can find me on Facebook as an author, Facebook on my personal page, Twitter, LinkedIn, and maybe someday on Pinterest--we'll see. I spend more of my time writing new stuff than hanging out on social.
If you want to contact me, you can, but I give no assurance I'll get back to you right away. As of writing this, I'm still dealing with healing from breast cancer, and it takes a lot of my time and energy. But, I look forward to soon having more of both.
Thanks for stopping by, and come back often. And tell all your friends. See you soon!