Welcome to my website.
My name is Suzie Grogan and I am a professional writer and researcher. With one published title on my CV I have been commissioned to write a further two social history books which will examine the emotional upheaval caused by the First World War and the ways in which we deal with war trauma and how we have chosen to remember that period of our history.
I also offer a proofreading service and can provide copy for web sites and newsletters and provide advice on using social media.
I hope this site will help you find out a little more about me and introduce you to some of my published and to-be published writing.
To find out more do browse this site or contact me on email@example.com
24th March 2013 Talking Books - I start a career as a radio presenter... Well not a career maybe but a fortnightly book programme on 10Radio....
20th November 2012 Great news on sales! Dandelions and Bad Hair Days update!
30th August 2012 Dandelions and Bad Hair Days launch party booked...
5th July 2012 Dandelions and Bad Hair Days publication date set...
Shell-Shocked Britain will be published in 2014 by Pen and Sword Books.
The book will look at the effect of the First World War on the mental health of the troops and the families they came home to. It will also examine how attitudes to psychological trauma changed and the impact of the trauma on subsequent generations.
The book will be a social history of the early part of the 20th century framed by the story of my great uncle Alfred Hardiman, who in 1922 murdered his ex-girlfriend by cutting her throat. He then turned the razor on himself -the coroner finding that he committed murder and suicide whilst of 'unsound mind'
Stop press! I have just been commissioned to write a second book , to be published in 2015. With a working title of 'Monuments and Memories: the stories behind the the art of the First World War'. it will look at the ways we have chosen to remember the war in sculpture, on monuments and in other media and how it has affected our view of the war into the 21st century.
Dandelions & Bad Hair Days... is an anthology of poetry and prose based on the 'mental health monthly' guest posts I host on my blog. Share the experiences of those that have lived through mental and emotional ill-health or who have lived with someone dealing with anxiety and depression. Read what the experts in the field think is important.
Published on 10th October 2012, to tie in with World Mental Health Day, the book is informative and inspirational and all profits will go to mental health charity SANE and mental health charities nominated by contributors.
Lavender Larceny is a new departure for me. It is a crime novel where the detectives are over eighty and partial to a Tia Maria or three, but can still give Sherlock a run for his money. My non-fiction writing has meant that my novels are lying somewhat neglected on my hard drive, but the good intentions remain. On this site I will publish excerpts, organise competitions and let you make comments as we come up to publication in 2013.
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is my writing blog. Visit pages where I experiment with themes as diverse as mental health, family and social history and the poet John Keats. It highlights the mental health guest posts that are currently being brought together for the book This too shall pass....
I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations and write reviews. I am an active member of Goodreads so do feel free to link to me there.