Susie Fin bases latest book on Goondiwindi experiences

Emelia Hurle with the page where her family stars.
Emelia Hurle with the page where her family stars.

The newest book from children’s author Susie Fin touches on her fond memories of Goondiwindi. 

The hard-working super duo from MAP Rescue, Carey Emmerton and Maxine Wheatley with Gazza. The trio helped launch a new book by author Suse Fin.

The hard-working super duo from MAP Rescue, Carey Emmerton and Maxine Wheatley with Gazza. The trio helped launch a new book by author Suse Fin.

Mister Misty is described as “a magical, muddled tale” of the adventures of Ms Fin’s silver tabby kitten, and comes from stories she collected while living and working on a Goondiwindi property. 

Born and bred in country Queensland, Ms Fin is a passionate educator, and after over 30 years’ experience (predominantly in early childhood), she has also recently branched out into primary and adult education.

Children's author Susie Fin with Emelia, Jack, Stella and Kim Hurle.

Children's author Susie Fin with Emelia, Jack, Stella and Kim Hurle.

She has a love of language and lifelong learning and says she finds inspiration in nature and all things good.

A magical, muddled tale...

Author Susie Fin.

Ms Fin endeavours to surround herself with like-minded people who share her passions.

Ms Fin’s children and adult books are illustrated with her own photos, and printed in Toowoomba with the support of graphic artist, Kathryn O’Leary.

Hamish Holcombe, a close friend from Ms Fin’s Goondiwindi days, adds an inspiring poem to each book; while young Toowoomba artist Jie Stewart, illustrates a page in each of her children’s stories. 

Susie was in Goondiwindi just prior to the Picnic Races to launch her new book. Old mate Hamish Holcombe was there to help as were a few of the stars from “Misty Misty”.

The Hurle family from Moree, Kim Emelia, Stella and Jack make an appearance in the book. “They are a great family and I think I might have to write another book just about their adventures,” Susie said.

Susie’s books can also be sourced online from stmonansemporium.com.

She’s written children’s picture books, such as 2014’s Fergie and Claude and inspirational books, including the 2016 piece, Like a Bird Without Wings.

All money raised at the launch was donated to the Macintyre Animal and Pet Rescue. “They do a wonderful job,” Susie said. The Macintyre Animal and Pet Rescue is a charitable organisation established by residents of the Goondiwindi region. Its mission is to rescue unwanted and abandoned animals from the tragedy of unnecessary euthanasia by providing of short-term foster care and re-homing.

Gazza the tail-less cat is a big fan.

Gazza the tail-less cat is a big fan.

MAP Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation and relies solely on generous support and donations from within the community. The Macintyre Animal and Pet Rescue aims not only to rescue and rehome animals but to educate and engage the community on responsible pet ownership.