Author & illustrator of the ‘FREAKY Series’ Susan Berran is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write, particularly those reluctant readers so close to moving on to high school yet not at the required reading level.
With her stories content largely gross but hilarious, the series is striking a chord with many young readers and interestingly with many of the parents and grandparents that just need a good old laugh.
Susan has been heavily involved with the Write Around the Murray Writers Festival in Albury for the last 4 years now. Workshopping with schools, judging the ‘Nano’ story competition for primary children amongst other roles. This year in particular as co-ordinating author for the ‘SEED Project’. Working with 8 regional schools to produce a ‘choose your own adventure’ story. Which she then worked with renowned animator, Dave Jones, to animate the entire story.
I’ve always loved drawing and writing weird, freaky funny stories and when a teacher in grade 5 said “You should be an author” .. it stuck.
I grew-up in the Blue Mountains south of Sydney until I was twelve when my family moved to the quiet country town of Albury.
I served ten years in the Australian Army Survey corps as an Illustrator Reprographic, Photographer and Instructor. As a Corporal, I was selected to attend attend the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra for officer training. Unfortunately due to an injury I was medically discharged.
I now live with my partner and our beautiful daughter, Mel, in the small township of Bethanga, 30 min from Albury/Wodonga on the border of NSW/Vic.
Mel had a story told to her every and at the age of 8 she harassed me until I agreed to read one of the stories to her school. The result of their feedback was to self-publish Splinterz in Feb’ 2009. The second of the series, Toe Jamm’d, quickly followed.
Christmas 2009 I was signed with JOJO Publishing Aust’ to write and illustrate the Freaky series. The 4th in the series, Bonez, was launched at the Albury Library/Museum in July 2012.
I now visit schools, reading and workshopping with kids to try and help ignite a love of reading and writing.
Susan’s website: www.susanberran.com