A bit about me:
I’ve spent over twenty years working in the pharmaceutical industry, and for the last ten of those I have been writing alongside that – so I know how to juggle day jobs with creativity and I will help you find ways to do this too!
I’ve written hundreds of short stories and flash fictions (several of which were shortlisted or won awards and many of which have been included in anthologies and in print magazines), and my biggest problem is having far too many ideas. So far I have written three crime novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun (Black & White), a Christmas serial killer thriller (Hodder), a ghost story set in the Fens, and a psychological thriller set on the Trans-Siberian Express (Orenda Books).
As well as writing my own books and short stories, often juggling several ideas at once, I have taught creative writing in a category-B male prison, presented various workshops and given many talks at events, libraries and festivals in the UK and abroad.
How I can help:
I love the story development process, and would love to work with you to help spark ideas and make them work. I have critiqued opening chapters, synopses and full manuscripts, and I am keen to help motivate you as a writer to keep going and get it done! I’ve advised complete beginners and more established (including published) writers, and I am happy to tailor a plan to suit your requirements – whether you want help with ideas, planning, what you’ve already written, or just how to survive in the world of publishing.
Genre-wise, I love anything psychological – whether that’s thriller, domestic noir, or horror – anything with a hook and a mystery, and I’m in. I love a bit of cross-over too, so if your crime touches on sci-fi, supernatural or anything just a bit weird, I’d love to talk to you about it.
What people have said about me:
“Susi Holliday and Steph Broadribb are both writers I admire, and their editorial feedback provided vital insights into how I could improve my book, as well as giving me confidence in the parts that were working well.” – Fergus McNeill (author of the DI Harland series, Hodder)
“Susi is my author success model and my mentor. She has given me endless pep talks, not only encouraging me about my writing, but reassuring me about the publishing world and all the possibilities within it. I have waited for her to tire of conversations with me where I am repeatedly down about my writing or stuck, but she never has; her confidence and unwavering belief in my ability boosting me and keeping me focused. She has beta-read and edited my writing and has always been constructive and sensitive in her feedback, which has helped me improve both my writing and my approach to writing. I am over the moon to see her spread her wings as a coach – even a little bit jealous of all the lucky people who are about to benefit from her wisdom.” – Miranda Kate (author and editor)
“Writing a novel is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do – and also one of the most daunting. For me, it was crucial to have someone who could offer constructive and honest feedback to help make the book better, and act as a cheerleader when I needed encouragement. Susi provided both as an early reader of my manuscript and, without her, I doubt I would have secured a fantastic agent and a two-book deal so quickly. I’m now writing my second book and she continues to provide invaluable support and advice. As well as being a talented author, Susi also has a great knowledge of the publishing industry and I can’t recommend her highly enough.” – Lisa Gray (author of Thin Air, Thomas & Mercer)
“I’d got to the point where I couldn’t get any distance from my manuscript to get it any better by myself. I was fed up with receiving rejections from agents and so I turned to Susi. She read my whole manuscript through. Her detailed critique, insightful comments and invaluable advice enabled me to vastly improve what I’d written and my book finally made its way out of the slush pile and into the hands of an editor. I can honestly say that without Susi, I wouldn’t be a published author today.” – Diane Jeffrey (bestselling author of Those who Lie & He Will Find You (HQ Digital))
“Susi has given me very useful feedback on plot, dialogue and character development. Her comments were honest, both positive and critical (in a kind way!), and highly constructive. She has been a great source of advice, support and encouragement, with pep talks when I need them, and is always willing to share her knowledge and expertise.” – Victoria Goldman (journalist, editor & proofreader)
Contact me about your project via firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see what I can do to help!