Ever since I was young, I loved to write. While my friends were reading books, I was creating short stories and writing very long letters. This passion has never left me. As a young teenager, I started to write in a private diary.  By the time I was 18, I had a shelf full of diaries in my room. Now as an adult, I refer to my diaries as journals. To date, I have over 100 journals filled with daily notes, stories, and events. These journals are considered the history books of my family and life. Whenever there’s a question about a particular event, I have the privilege to go to the stacks of my journals and pick out the precise facts of that day and time.

As a writer, I have always dreamed about being an author. My dream finally came true with the publication of my children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket.  My advice is to never give up on your dreams. In time, they will come true. Hope is the springboard to all dreams coming true.  Always have hope!

Please enjoy the many articles found in my two columns: Living in the Now, in The Suburban Newspaper, and Keeping it Real, at the West Island News Blog.  I love to write, as my weekly columns are enjoyed by people from all over the world.

Subscribe Here to the weekly Saturday Morning Newsletter and keep up to date with the latest articles, creative writing courses and workshops.  I hope readers and story lovers of all ages will come here and enjoy my articles, books and poetry.  Maybe some will be inspired and they too, will publish their words.     –Suzanne

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