Susan Tarr


Susan Tarr

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As a New Zealand author, I’ve been writing for 25 years. I often draw from diaries I wrote during my international travels, including Kenya, East Africa, where I began my family. Although I write mostly from personal experience, I also use anecdotal conversations and cafe chats, resulting in my characters taking on a life of their own. As I write their stories, they will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I’m passionate about my writing, and usually have three books on the go at any one time.


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Bethany, recently returned from Europe, seeks medical advice for a stomach upset. Because of her mixed parentage, she has inherited a specific gene, which has made her a candidate for colorectal cancer. She challenges her diagnosis; she is too young for this kind of condition and she has too much life to live. And so she sets off on a whole new journey of discovery, taking her eclectic group of friends with her.



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“Miranda Bay” by Susan Tarr is a wonderful little gem of contemporary fiction. – Amazon Reviewer
Miranda, a quirky, bloody-minded and lovable young woman, splurges her inheritance on a pile of sagging architecture in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, simply because it bears her name. The now not-so-proud owner of the old Miranda Bay Sanatorium must somehow turn it into a profitable beach resort. An hilarious, heart-stopping, tragi-comic romp through her buying experience. She knows little about running a business and depends heavily on loyal cousin Pansy’s expertise.In her frantic drive for success, Miranda succumbs to her booze stash, hires a motley collection of workers including the local drunk to get cracking on the property.Hamilton, her geriatric and lascivious financial advisor, seizes the opportunity to undermine her belief in herself. But with the elegant and calming Pansy’s help, she pulls herself together and makes some serious decisions – the place must be cleaned up quickly if paying guests are expected.  So the local drunk, Neville, has to do some heavy work, but, due to his own booze stash, he is accident-prone and threatens everything when his fire gets out of control. The establishment is finally ready. And the guests trickle in – definitely not the A-list types Miranda has envisaged. Her clientele – a collection of undertakers, odd artists, sex fiends, happy yet boring little families of mediocrity, dull honeymooners – are not the sophisticates she’d hoped for, and she quickly grows to despise them. So having met her guests and now at the brink of despair, Miranda experiences deepening depression and manic behaviour. She contrives and delivers her wackiest money-making ideas yet in her desperation to avert certain catastrophe. Brace yourself for an hilarious, tragi-comic romp, full of intrigue and even terror, as Miranda battles through her buying experience. There’s both an emotional and tender unfolding of events as we join a young woman’s roller coaster ride in the face of financial ruin. A novel to laugh and cry over, witty and wicked…
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The harsh treatment of children at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, an institution completely devoid of love and understanding, is heartrending. ~ Amazon Reviewer
 I was raised within the community of Seacliff village during the 1950s, with each of our family members working in the hospital at some time or another. We sometimes shared our primary school with young patients from the hospital. On turning fifteen we often worked up the hill, helping in the canteen, laundry, wards or occupational therapy. From a young age we absorbed the stories, and it was difficult to know where fiction ended and the greater truth began. To separate truth from fantasy at this stage would be an impossible task as many of those concerned have died. Therefore I have blended together various stories in this narrative as representative of our family and friends’ combined belief of what most probably did happen during the period covered by this narrative. Wherever possible, I have used correct dates, names and places. When there is a modicum of doubt in my mind I have changed names and details for the protection of those still living. As a child I knew Malcolm, who was then a young man, since Dad often invited him home for meals. He was one of the ‘lost children’ forgotten or abandoned by their families. We followed Malcolm’s story from childhood to adulthood as best we could even after he was eventually discharged back into the community. When considering the tragedy and abuse of Malcolm’s wasted earlier years, it is a story of immeasurable sadness. Yet he ultimately rose above it all, and with admirable strength, courage and innate resilience, was finally able to ‘free the regular boy within’ as he had always wanted. Phenomena is Malcolm’s story as I believe it unfolded.
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“A unique story, told from a unique perspective. Jack is a hilarious and sometimes deeply introspective dog …” — Amazon Reviewer
 I’m Jack. I’m a real pedigree dog, and I’ve got real papers to prove it. My parents have abandoned me into boarding kennels in the Far North of New Zealand, while they travel the world. I’m not at all happy about that. However, I shall do my best to maintain my dignity while getting on with the job. Among these unruly and noisy mutts, I intend to remain aloof and guarded. And as for that black cat with the skinny tail and missing eye, there’s no way she’s getting anywhere near me. At all!
And I’ll keep a diary so when my parents return they can read how absolutely miserable I have been all these months. Yes, I shall keep a diary…


  1. Jackie Weger says:

    Welcome! Susan Tarr to eNovel Authors at Work. Wht a fabulous array of books. We are looking forward to reading every single one.

  2. An official “Welcome!” to eNovel Authors at Work, Susan. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have you here.

  3. Susan Tarr says:

    What is even more wonderful is to find some of my dear friends already here. It only gets better! Smiling broadly…, until I learn how to effectively use the little gadgets.

  4. Okay, I gotta read about Malcolm and Jack.
    And by the way, what does that “how did you leave your mark on New Zealand” even mean? Welcome!

  5. Dale Furse says:

    A big welcome, Susan. Your books are so different and I’m looking forward to reading them all. 🙂

  6. Mimi Barbour says:

    Welcome Susan – I love the cover for Jack – certainly is cute and look forward to reading the others 🙂

    • Susan Tarr says:

      Thank you, Mimi! JACK’s cover was made by Melinda De Ross of Classy Designs. It is perfect, right down to the one-eyed cat! Covers are not my forte, along with anything else vaguely IT.

  7. Yoohoo Susan [waves in an easterly direction] I can just about spot you.
    So good to have you here. 🙂

  8. Hi there Susan. Big welcome to e Novel Authors at Work. Now I have all your links. Just need to buy all your books 🙂

    • Susan Tarr says:

      Hi Ellie, I’m learning to put the names to the faces. Get’s tricky when one name has two faces. But all very much like a big family. (Not that my family is two-faced. Well, not all of them. Just one…) Love it!

  9. David Wind says:

    Hi Susan, don’t think you can see me, and I’m not about to stand on my roof, not after another 6 inches of snow on the first day of Spring. Welcome!

    • Susan Tarr says:

      Then I may as well come down off my roof, David. Autumn here. No snow. Just glorious with a chill coming up off the southern mountains, where they do get snow. Lovely to feel to welcomed.

  10. Welcome to eNovel, Susan! Your books sound awesome! Following you across the board and look forward to help promote your work 🙂

  11. Susan Tarr says:

    That’s wonderful, Effrosyni, especially since I am learning on the hop. Very grateful. X

  12. I’m so glad you’re here, Susan! Your books are wonderful!

  13. Susan Tarr says:

    Thank you, Lorrie! I am in the process of taking my hands off book number 4. Arghhh! Kinda like sending my firstborn to primary school. Cover is made. Just the final bits and pieces at the end.

  14. susan tarr says:

    And I have done it! When the ROLLER COASTER Stops is finally released!

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  16. Susan, you are one of my favorite writers of all times! I love all of your books, but Miranda Bay is my favorite. Keep up the writing and give us more wonderful stories!

    Melinda De Ross

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