Susan Jagannath successfully combined a passion for reading, a love of writing and a fascination for technology, to create a career in technical writing. With over 50 technical manuals (not) to her name, “RTFM” could have been the motto for her life; but she didn’t let the idea that no one ever reads the manual stop her from thoroughly enjoying her work.
As an army brat, her childhood included seven different schools, three universities and a couple of emergency evacuations from conflict zones. Travel and adventure were a normal part of life. She now believes in seizing every opportunity to have a new adventure. Whether it’s camping on the beach in Australia, trekking in the Himalayas, kayaking in Queensland, whitewater rafting down the Ganges, or walking the Camino in Spain, her philosophy is to pack it into one or two weeks to create memories for a lifetime, (and disconnect from television and computer games).
Susan is now on the next adventure of her life, traveling, writing travel books, and planning her next book.
Two Himalayan books are on 99c deal for Diwali
Describe yourself in five words
Adventurous, Risk-taking, Loyal, Funny and Innovative
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I’m a grandmother who hikes, loves travel and has adventures
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I walk them off in long hikes in nature
What scares you the most?
Dying without making a difference to the world
What makes you happiest?
Completing a book and seeing readers read it and comment.
Why do you write?
Because I must – it’s an addiction
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Absolutely – for as long as I could read, I also wrote
What motivates you to write?
Sharing my adventures, hikes and learnings with those who maybe think they are too old, too weak, too <insert excuse here>
What writing are you most proud of?
The Valley of Flowers – the book about the hike in the Himalayas, and it was especially wonderful to hike it with friends.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
A bit astonished that I am a completely doting grandmother!
What books did you love growing up?
Enid Blyton, Narnia and Amar Chitra Katha – the latter are a comic book series about Indian mythology.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
She loved a lot, family, friends and adventures
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up all over India in various army bases, I now live in Australia.
How did you develop your writing?
I was a technical writer for top IT and computer application firms..I wrote manuals, online help, websites and so on for over thirty years
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
What marketing works for you?
A mixture of organic and paid
Do you find it hard to share your work?
No, not at all
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
yes, I am blessed with a supportive family and friends
What else do you do, other than write?
Is there anything else worth doing?
What other jobs have you had in your life?
Checkout chick, teacher, computer geek, technical writer, content specialist
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
At a desk
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
seven to eight hours a night
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My husband for following along on all my out there ideas.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Of course, bestseller status on Amazon
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
I have a careful strategy for launching a new <or old> book, with exact dates, and additional deliverables.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
I am writing a book on Chakras. I’m writing it to help people unlock their inner author.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
My Dad, Diana Gabaldon and all my family.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? Inspired to go out and try something new