About Me

Hi and thanks for visiting 

I live in Australia’s bush capital, Canberra, with my husband and two terriers – nicknamed Villain and Varmint (the latter replacing poor Critter). I’m also blessed with two wonderful, inspiring daughters—both much easier to parent, toilet train and take for walks…


I released my first romantic suspense novel ARAFURA – Blood, the Wet and Tears in 2012, and ARAFURA – Unfinished Business in 2014; both to 5 star reviews on Amazon. The series, set in Darwin, is about a schoolteacher who must grapple with the impact of PTSD on the man she won’t allow herself to love. He’s a military man with a past, and that past comes back to haunt both of them. The second novel has more action than I expected; accompanied by sex, dynamite, and hilarity – thankfully not always at the same time.

My short story On The Inside was published in the Pure Slush story serial Don’t Kill Me, I’m In Love (2015). Window to the Soul was also chosen in 2015 for submission to the SA Writers Centre Lit Bulb Festival.

In between teaching and trying to follow Leunig’s advice below, I’m writing the third novel in the ARAFURA series. Because words are fun…


Warm wishes,

Susan Lattwein

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52 Responses to About Me

  1. Vanessa Herrera says:

    Omg I like what you did with the pictures on the right hand side of your blog very neat idea to put pictures of the places that were in your book awesome…

  2. Nice and informative. Interested that you come from a financial background and are now doing something very different. MM 🍀

    • You’re scary to pick that up….The financial stuff was a ‘should’.

      • From someone who has just done 25 years in the industry I completely relate. A careers counsellor recommended that I try blogging to sus out my more creative side. So here I am, jobless, blogging, enjoying life and looking to change direction. Enjoy the weekend. MM 🍀

  3. It can be an enlightening journey, changing direction. Done it a few times myself. All the very best to you and thanks for visiting!

  4. trashbus says:

    Hello Susan, thank you for stopping by @ trashbus and liking my page! I read some of your posts and I really like your attitude and your approach to things. On the question about whether you should have chickens: Do it! I find the cackling quite soothing! 🙂

    • The cackling, not the crowing, right? Now I think of it, the clucking is a cool sound, up there with bamboo wind chimes. Thanks, I think we’ll do it. Worried about the hens in winter, more hay I guess? Liked your posts too! What an interesting life, so many interesting cities and creative talent! 🙂

      • trashbus says:

        🙂 Yeah, the cackling! Although I like the crowing, too, only it starts veeery early in the morning … 😉 Winter is no problem for the hens, don’t worry about it.

  5. That’s just what I want to hear from someone, winter is no problem for hens. Thanks 🙂

  6. Susan, thanks for bringing sunshine into my blogging world and for this I nominate you for the ‘Sunshine Award’. For details please go to


    Have a great day.
    Meticulous Mick 🍀

  7. Hello Susan 🙂 it’s great to see you again. The outlay of your blog is superb!
    Being a mom is an amazingly rewarding job, especially for those of us who love what we do.You are a lady with many talents I see 🙂 and ARAFURA sounds awesome; I will definitely be reading it. Thanks for following and liking my blog, I’m here to like and follow you too. I will be visiting often, Navigator was right, you are one funny lady.lol

  8. simplyilka says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. And congratulations on your book! This is a great achievement. I will come back and browse your blog some more. Glad to be in touch 🙂

  9. Nice one Susan, your artistry in words has earned you a nomination for the Sister / Brother Hood award. If you don’t do awards there is no issue – I just wanted to highlight the good material you put out. For more details please see


    Have a great weekend, MM 🍀

  10. Su Leslie says:

    Hi Susan, thanks for following my blog. Have just read your New Year resolutions post and totally agree with you 🙂

  11. Thanks for dropping by and Liking my page. It always seems strange to say, “Thank you for Liking me” 🙂 but then I tend to have an odd sense of humour at times. I blame it on my background! I’ve been to Canberra a few times and enjoyed it, I must have been there on good days 🙂 and my In Laws live at Moruya, which is a visiting spot for many Canberrans, or so I’m told. I will be popping back…………
    Bless, Susan x

  12. Great to meet you susan… thanks for visiting my blog… IAM sure we are going to enjoy each others journey… enjoying life to the full… Barbara

    • Hello Barabara. Yes, I loved your blog straight away, so much positive energy! Would love to jump on a plane and attend on your creative expression workshop. 🙂

  13. suzjones says:

    Putting a little Sunshine in your life with the Sunshine Award. Details in my post
    Bless you my friend.

  14. Gede Prama says:

    Thank you for visiting and hopefully braid is always awake. Compassion greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

  15. I’m so delighted to meet you and look forward to sharing our blogging adventures together now that I’m here! The WP community has been such an enormous encouragement and support already for me, and I find the camaraderie immensely gratifying. Cheers to you on *your* journey!

    • Oh Kathryn, thanks for your generous comment. It’s lovely to meet you too! I agree, it has been rewarding being part of the WP community, and beyond to other bloggers too. Thanks for following and I look forward to catching up soon! 🙂

  16. i truly enjoy your blog and creativity and the way you are with detailing and putting so much into perspective thus far in your journey and travels. peace

    • Hello Mister Max? Thanks for your nice comments. I am enjoying your poetry, and the way your writing is positive and full of gratitude. 🙂 Writing forces us to put a lot of things into perspective, doesn’t it?

  17. you feel the good and its energy and how those words and sentiments bring you together within your world and the rest of the universe and how it shapes so much. it brings strong qualitys and that is what you display and have a moving vibe.

  18. Nice to meet you susan!! is your book available in kindle????

    • Yes, it is, thanks for asking. 🙂 Fossils of Memory is on Smashwords? I am in the middle of formatting Arafura to upload to Smashwords. We should read each others’ novels. I do like the sound of yours. 🙂

  19. Well, I’d love to have a look at it. My email is susanlattwein@hotmail.com
    Look forward to your future posts. 🙂

  20. Jean says:

    You’re lucky to have found finally the right careers, after being a stockbroker. I like the admission of the “pretend” phase. 🙂 And you too, are a goldfish fan.

    • Hello Jean, oh no, nothing as edgy as being the stockbroker, just the helper, but they were very large numbers! Your blog posts will inspire me to dust off my bike!!

  21. Lee-Anne says:

    Lovely new-look blog (liked the old one too). I sincerely hope you’re not completely ‘award free’ as I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You may accept in spirit, even if you don’t want to do all the rigmarole! LOL 😉

  22. I did thank you for the nomination, didn’t I? It’s not rigmarole, just that ….okay you’re making all my ‘not good enough’ buttons shrink! XX

  23. Wow, Susan, you really have ticked off a lot of boxes thus far. It’s wonderfully impressive what you’ve been able to accomplish–to have all these practical and purposeful skills as well as a highly developed sense of creativity. You truly are a right and left brain gifted lady. Long may that all come in handy, and here’s to all your future publishing successes!

    • That’s very kind if you Shelley, think I’m too much of a fluffy dreamer to be very left-brained, though. You, on the other hand, show multiple talents on your blog! Thanks for your kind wishes, they go both ways. 🙂

  24. Outlier Babe says:

    Hey, Susan!

    Thank you so very much for the Follow on The Last Half! I should warn you that you’ve joined us over there at a time when I’m in the midst of off-loading a lot of old angsty teaching posts, but it is not a purely-teaching blog–I don’t want you to join under false pretenses, or feel I’ve pulled the wool over your eyes. I’ll even migrate that Teaching menu downward later. I just want to focus mostly on that topic now. Those readers who joined me for my humor posts are now in a state of shock!

    Thank you again : )

    –O. Babe

    • Just love the word ‘outlier’ after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’. And ‘Babe’, well, what female doesn’t want to be one? 🙂 You’re right, your post titles do look angsty yet very honest and brave. Wonderful and necessary traits in a classroom. Looking forward to your regular humorous posts too. 🙂

  25. Outlier Babe says:

    P.S. This blog page is gorgeous!

  26. Ooops, do some people find it offensive? SO easy to offend across cultural divides, and on social media, without context of body language etc.

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