Artist and Writer
Susan Sowerby, artist and writer, is the author of the Saltwater Series about the Selkie-like Mermaid civilisation in the Scottish Hebrides.
I am fascinated by myth and legend, I see it as a way to understand how humans evolve. For this reason, I always include some legends in my fantasy novels. I strongly believe that our stories mark the progress of our civilisations.
I subscribe to the old Irish belief that stories needing to be told float about and settle on a storyteller when they are ripe. ‘Saltwater in the Soul’, the first book of the Saltwater series, is definitely one of these. You can read about it's creation on my blog.
Most of my other writings are short novels such as ‘Salt and Pepper’, a medley of short writings, some of which may one day become their own novel. My illustrated children’s stories, ‘Meg’s House, ‘Elf Food for children’ and ‘Spring Forgot to Come’ were favourites of my sons.
I now have three grown sons, Bay, Luke and Byron and live on a conservation property near the south-west Australian surfing town of Margaret River, in a little cottage surrounded by wildlife. I am in love with Mother Earth and will always remain so.
I am also an artist and best known for my sea-drenched ceramic "mer-people". Although they are my bread-line, their poetry is still close to my heart. For me, they represent the flow and let go of life. I imagine them beneath the moon in deep watery caverns, sustaining sounds of creation on strange musical instruments, maintaining life’s mysterious tides of blood, breath and heartbeat.
When not writing, I am teaching sculpture at Triple A Galleries in Margaret River, Western Australia.