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Meet My Author Friend – Susie Smith Vaughan!

Today, we had a chat with my author friend Susie Smith Vaughan, here it is and I thank you and wish all the best on her writing as well as in her personal life!

1. Tell me something about yourself and how you started writing?
A – I am a single mother for 14 years, with 3 children, ages 18, 27 and 31, after being married for 24 years. I was born in Texas, moving 13 times before I graduated high school. I always say, “I’m from Texas, I just live in New Jersey.” Stuttered as a child since age 9. I always had something to say but oftentimes would remain quiet for fear of the stutter that would hold me hostage with humiliation causing others to laugh or help me along or complete my sentences which may or may not have been what I was going to say.
I traveled with a college singing group and band to high schools and churches both nationally and internationally, including Hong Kong, Sydney & Adelaide, Australia, Seoul and Kwong Jui, South Korea. These were some of the best memories of my life until I had my children.

I really started writing after I got married at age 20. I cried for my first year thinking “what have I done, I married someone different than who I thought he was.” I began writing in journals for self therapy, poetry, lyrics, quotes, thoughts, and things that happened during the day. I must have over 80 journals. My son, Chris, said, “Mom, I bet you have a book in all your journals.” He’s probably right.

2. What’s your writing habit? How often do you write?
A – My writing habit is to carry my journal notebook and pen with me constantly in my bags, beside my bed. I write every day, mostly.

3. How do you find writing as a self-published author?
A – I have only 1 article written that has been published with “A Letter to My Dad.” I was first rejected, asked to reapply with changes as I did and was accepted with, “we will publish your article.” The founder, John Finch, is promoting a movie of his life called “The Father Effect.”

4. How many books have you written so far and which one is of your favorite, if any?
A – No books published as of now.

5. What do you want to achieve through your writing?
I want to achieve that I made a difference in someone’s life with my stories by writing books, novels, autobiographies- memoirs, poetry, quotes – muses.

6. Can you tell me a little about your new book and the challenges of writing it?
A – My new book is a story of decisions I’ve made and how it affected me and others and how I learned from my mistakes. Also, a look into the lives of the women behind the men. Challenges are in the research and in the memories that can be foggy and choppy scenes of my life.

7. How have your books been received so far?
A – No books yet, my one and only published article was well received by my family.

8. What are you working on now?
A – I am researching a woman responsible for an artist becoming known to the world and preserving his letters and drawings because she felt them priceless and of value when everyone else said it was trash. If it hadn’t of been for her passion and determination, the story would’ve never been told to the world.

9. What else do you write beside novels?
A – I write poetry, quotes, short stories, autobiographies.

10. How you make time for your writing in general?
A – I write in the morning upon waking up, lunchtime, before I go to sleep. I keep my journal and trusted pen by my bed if inspired by a Dream or a thought instead.

11. Do you find marketing hard?
A – I need to market and discipline myself to write nonstop for hours more.

12. What is the most important aspect of writing for you?
A – Getting my thoughts out on paper to inspire or encourage is my main aim.

Thank you , Tim for the opportunity to share with you a little bit about me and my writing passions. May God bless you in all you do.

All my best with pen in hand.
Susie Smith Offenbacker
Susie Smith Vaughan

10 Facts You Might Not Know About The Gurkhas!

1. As they were not the subject of the crown, initially, the Gurkha Brigade was known as India’s Foreign Legion.

2. The first ever soldiers who had joined the then Indian Army and started the two hundred years’ long tradition were actually Kumaon and Garhwals which happened to be under Nepal’s jurisdiction by then.

3. The 9th Gurkha Regiment, which mostly enlisted the soldiers from Khas and Thakuris tribes, is also known as The Khas regiment.

4. Brian Hudgson was the most influential British resident in Kathmandu and wielded tremendous power in the government. So much so that even the formation of new cabinet said to be needed his final approval.

5. The relationship between Kalcutta and Kathmandu was said to be cold and unfriendly until Jang Bahadur took the helm, he did not only send troops in support of the British in trouble but also led the troop south by himself as well in some occasions. He also was the first leader from Nepal who was invited by the crown and visited/welcomed as the head of nation during his one month visit to UK.

6. Jang Bahadur’s admiration for the Queen Victoria was said to be legendary, some books even claimed they were lovers, and rumor had it that Jang Bahadur himself told the Gurkha soldiers to take care of British interests very well as of theirs own.

7. It was Chnadra Shamsher who took the relationship to a new height. In WW1, he did not only send 200000 youths out of 5m population of Nepal, sent fund, and changed the rule of ‘Kaalo Paani or ocean’ and introduced ‘Paani Pattiya” through Raj Guru, so, Gurkhas could be sent overseas for war.

8. Before WW1, Gurkhas were not entitled of Victoria Cross (VC), the highest medal they were awarded was “Order of Merit”, and Gurkhas won 2 VCs during WW1.

9. Judha Shamsher did the same in WW2 and sent out more than a quarter million of youths for war, the Gurkhas won a staggering 10 VCS in WW2 alone and played a very important role on defeating the Japanese in Burma.

10. A total number of approx. 60000 Gurkhas died, lost or didn’t return home from WW1 and WW2. In return, Chandra Shamsher was made an full General of Indian Army and honorary general in French Legion, invited/visited to UK as Jang Bahadur did before, and was called respectfully “Your Highness of Nepal”. In 1934, the legacy of Nepal embassy was allowed in London and the embassy was finally opened in 1947.

Historians, intellectuals and the whole Nepali people might have forgotten them but it won’t be an exaggeration at all that their sacrifices alone had saved Nepal and as a result, we still have a nation to call as of our own today.

More on my coming Gurkha book, mark the page, thank you!😀✍️👏🙏👈

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