My name is Susan Horsnell and it's my pleasure to be here on the Romancing the Genres Blog. I'd like to thank Judith for inviting me.
I write Historical Western Romance and under my pen name - A.L. Simpson - I write Steamy Contemporary, M/M and Shapeshifter. I will leave all the links at the end of this post but first, I'm here to talk about Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer here where I am in the Southern Hemisphere.
I'm the eldest daughter of British immigrants, a first generation Australian and citizen of both countries. My parents came to this country in January 1957 and to say they were shocked when they stepped ashore in Sydney would be an understatement.
They left England with the snow and cold winds, the rain and sleet, temperatures only just above freezing.
They sailed on the P&O Liner - SS Strathmore on her final voyage for six weeks on the high sighs in some of the roughest conditions the Captain said he had ever encountered. For three days in a row, my father and two other men were the only ones who ventured from their cabins for meals.
|SS Strathmore leaving England|
They arrived in Sydney to be greeted by temperatures of over 100 degrees. Quite the farewell and welcome - from one extreme to the other. My dad loved the outdoors and had been a talented gymnast in his day, part of the representative Gymnastics Team for the British Army and after their sponsor settled them in a flat in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, he decided to hit the beach nearby in Manly. He was greeted with huge crowds, hot sand, sand flies and blue bottles - Welcome to Australia!
|SS Strathmore arriving in Sydney, Australia|
Eastern Brown Snake - One of the deadliest on the planet and common to Australia
How did the English and Europeans feel when they spent weeks at sea and then put ashore in one of the harshest countries on earth with most of the deadliest and largest insects and reptiles on earth? My mother often says she found it distressing and overwhelming to deal with large, deadly spiders and snakes, creatures she'd never encountered before.
Crocodile - Found in the northern parts of Australia
Our deadliest spider -
The Red Back - Common
Our largest spider - the Tarantula - non-venomous but can grow
to the size of a dinner plate. Mum didn't care that it
wasn't dangerous - Common.
Enjoy your Winter while we enjoy Summer because it's not long before the seasons are reversed. While we don't get the freezing conditions here in Australia (except for a small alpine region in the southern part of NSW and northern part of Victoria) we still feel the harshness of cold, wet and windy Winters. With one exception.....
The northern part of our continent is not subjected to seasons and it's why we live where we do. For us, it either Dry Season - April to November, or Wet season. We are blessed with luscious green countryside and beautiful days.
Once again, I thank Judith for inviting me to come on the blog and hope you have enjoyed hearing about Australia and a small part of my past.
My name is Susan Horsnell and I write Western Romance. Mostly sweet but with knock-em down, drag-em out fights and outlaws. Some have no sex, others have a small amount.
Under my pen name – A.L. Simpson, I write Hot Contemporary – M/M, M/M/F and M/F.
In my personal life, hubby and I have been travelling throughout Australia with our caravan, an elderly Jack Russell dog and our 26-year-old, extremely opinionated, cockatiel. At this point in time we have curtailed our overseas activities as we don’t like to leave our pets now they are so old.
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