A few weeks ago I was asked to fill in some questions, to get some background knowledge of my books and me. So here it is:-)

Next book to be published soon: The Boy Who Fell Through Time.

Interview With Siusaidh Ceanadach

 How do you pronounce your name?

🙂  Shoe-see

 

Does your name mean something special?

It’s Susan in Gaelic and stems from a past life regression where I could hear people calling my name and I heard Suis or Shoe

 

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in Sussex, in Brighton and Hove. As I am dyslexic it was years later than school days when I could even read and write fluently and as to influence, I think I see the World at times through the eyes of a child and write what I would want to read.

 

When did you first start writing?

That goes back to 1984/84 when I studied Astrology and had to write reams about the interpretation of astrological charts.

 

Where do you live now?

I live in Glasgow, ScotlandJ

 

Could you tell us a little about the books that you’ve written?

I started to write about things that I know and wrote a book of ceremonies for the year and then wrote three books for very young children on the Pagan Wheel of the Year. I then wrote ’To Be a Young Witch’ which takes children in the years of say 12 – 16 and teaches how to practice Witchcraft, what spells and ceremonies to do and has stories which illistrate what the chapter has been about.

I then wrote ’Foxy and Cinders’ and actually there are 39 stories in all and the first 19 have now been published. These are stories to be read to young children or by the age of about eight, a child could maybe read them themselves.

 

What influences you in your plot and characters?

It could be anything, in the case of Foxy and Cinders a friend drew a thank you card for us and on the front she drew a chubby fox and a very nice fire breathing dragon. In a way there is a lot of me in the characters, ’what would I do if I was in the position?’ and the fact Foxy was shorter and chubby is exactly me. I was a chubby short child and I’m now very chubby short women!

 

What are you writing at the moment?

I am writing ’Loose Elastic’ it’s more an autobiography but the main character in all of this surrounds my natural grandmother who had at least four children and never brought any of them up herself. The first two were sent to two ladies in Folkstone to be brought up, my Mother was left at four weeks old with a family member and my Uncle was put into a Barnardos home. She was always ’looking for Love!’

 

What is your writing process?

I am usually inspired by either the time of the year or in the case of this latest book, I have been saying for many years that one day I would sit down and write a book about my family and call it ‘Loose Elastic’!

I then start making headings on the outline. Jot down things I want to include and where, then with the outline and the heading I start to write around this.

 

How do you approach cover design?

In the past I have given an artist things that I want to include, or in some cases I send them the book and let them be inspired. Foxy and Cinders and the next book ‘The Boy Who Fell Through Time’ were both designed by the publishers chosen artist.

 

What marketing techniques have worked best for you?

Firstly to send out a few copies of the books to someone who will ready it and review it and then record the review’s in Amarson or maybe actually print one on the back of the book. Then I have taken stalls at conferences and signed books and sold them.

People who blog are another good thing and very recently I have videoed stories I have written for the season and these are available on YouTube.

I record all the stories and many others that are not published for ‘Wireless for the Blind’ and I do this for ‘Cue and Review-Print Speaking to the Blind’ in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire.

I have also made radio shows when I have played music and chatted about all kinds of things including the books. I really love making radio shows or podcasts.

 

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

To be able to leave something behind, to see all these characters come to life and for me while I am writing the books, the characters come to life in my mind.

 

What books are you reading at the moment?

Oh dear! I read for escapism, I am very interested in the 1800’s especiall the first half of the century and read bodice rippers!

 

 Who are your favourite authors?

One of my favourite writers is Stephanie Laurens. For non fiction I think one of the writers who has influcened my spiritual practice is Philip Carr-Gomm, his little book on Druidcraft is well worth the read. Then Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, their ’Progressive Witchcraft’ is excellent.

 

What do your fans mean to you?

Fans? Do I have Fans? Most of my books are for children, so maybe there are some happy parents?

 

Do you have a website/Facebook/Instagram link for your writing (hint hint)

http://www.foxyandcinders.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ToBeaYoungWitch

Although the latter does not have very much at all on it!

www.youtube.com/siusaidhceanadach

 

 

Would you like to make a podcast of you reading from one of your books?

I would be very happy to either have a video interview or a podcast, I am very well used to microphone work and have a background in the Theatre, I was in rep for four years in Brighton and my Mother was also an actor/producer/director

It would be wonderful to talk about Cue and Review as this is a charity which has been going now for 35 years!

(you could talk about reading to the blind and advertise your youtube links here)

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being a newbie activist for the SNP

Thoughts on Election 2016 in Shettleston,

From a fairly new supporters eyes:

For the first time in my life I have become an activist within the SNP, it came at a time that I found myself with extra time on my hands wanting to do something to ‘make a difference’ do my bit for the community. Let me explain that my partner Piet had been active in the referendum but then had to take a back seat last year due to bad health and I was at home helping to nurse him back to health!

And very healthy he is now, regardless of some problems that could hit anyone at any age. So we found ourselves, especially me in a difficult position. Well enough to help but not well enough to walk up and down street delivering leaflets.

So what do do? Many years ago before I became a Nurse I did some work as a temp in offices, so I knew how to file stuff, how to work a pc and a printer and how to answer a phone, that became the answer for me. So I knew some of the team having met them briefly at branch meetings but that’s not to say I knew them, not like the friendship that grows when you spend hours and hours in each others company.

Did age make a difference? Not to the members of them team towards me, not my size or my disability seemed to make a difference. As a person born in England but having lived in Scotland since 1990, apart from a few months, I truly believe that Scotland should be an independent country and consider myself Scottish. This is my home, my children live here, my grandchildren, apart from two of them are all born here.

And hubby? Yesterday had him standing at a Polling Station and then driving folks around!

Home is truly where the heart is! And being an active member of a team is also heart-warming, right down to the toes!

So I would encourage anyone of any age, if you want to be part of a team, want to live in an independent Scotland, then go along to your branch meeting of your SNP, or your local Green party, offer a few hours each week and maybe more when the need occurs. Age, colour, disability, gender, sexual orientation or religion makes no difference!

To Be a Young Witch

It has taken several years for this book to be published and now it’s time to talk about the journey that led me to this point.

We run a Druidcraft group in Glasgow, Scotland and have members that over the years have had children and bring them along to the gatherings, some in the past have been very willing to join in and want to do small tasks.

This led me to wonder if I could write anything which would be a trainer for these youngsters, those who state they are ‘Witches’ even at primary age, ‘I’m a Pagan, a Witch’ I have heard from young lips.

So bit by bit this book, published by Whyte-Tracks Books, part of Millhouse publishing,  encourages the young people to follow the seasons, do different activates that link with the seasons. To celebrate the Moon and to keep a notebook of all their experiences and rituals, a book of shadows perhaps?

As I have done in the past, each step of the way there is a story to further express what the chapter is all about. So the book is part teaching and part fiction if you like?

The series of books I have had published with Moon Books, ‘Let’s Talk About’ http://www.moon-books.net/books/lets-talk-about-pagan-festivals-children went through nursery school age and up into school age. This book talks to older children, secondary age or maybe a year younger or older? Everyone is an individual.

So what comes next? I have gone back to younger age children and started to write a series of stories which are now religious or spiritual, they are the adventures of a young Fox and a fire breathing dragon who becomes his best friend. I hope to get a contract to publish these, especially as I have written them for ‘Cue and Review-Print Speaking to the Blind’ and they are available for the blind on the British Wireless for the Blind. So far there are 40 stories which would easily convert into a book with chapters.

Like all other authors I would love a contract for this but as yet I’ve not been successful.

Lots of things to write about, just don’t know what to write first?

Siusaidh Ceanadach