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A Woman's Word

Author : Suzanne Franco

Suzanne Franco

Suzanne Franco, Author of Exile Child and Soul Force

My first novel, Exile Child, is a historical fiction novel, which is the same genre as my latest book, Soul Force. Therefore, I can confidently say I am drawn to powerful, inspiring stories of heroic women. I strongly believe that women's historical dramas are a vital platform to showcase women's belief in themselves, not only in our modern society but also from history. Despite women's past oppression and current challenges they face as a writer, we have no difficulty in managing to hold on to life's most treasured emotion - hope.

When I began my journey as a historical fiction writer, I was blissfully unaware of the prejudice that awaited me. I was told – in no uncertain terms – that as a white female writer, I had no credibility to write the life stories of a black or Indian woman. Publishers in South Africa shied away from my first novel, Exile Child, stating that South Africa was politically unstable at the time.

The phenomenal international success of my first novel, Exile Child, has proven – beyond doubt – that there are zero prerequisites for a female writer in our modern society. As women, we are able and justified, to write about whatever intrigues us or stirs us to inspire other women. I believe that women's true-life stories must be brought to light as they are universal in theme, therefore the world will learn and understand the plight and courage that our fellow heroines of history have shown.

My Journey Continues

My latest novel, Soul Force, accurately tracks the life of a young Indian girl who takes part in Gandhi's South African Satyagraha during 1913, and although this story is set in the early 1900's I would recommend anyone reading this incredible life story to inspire, stir acknowledgement and create fearless women in today's modern world. Soul Force conveys a very important social message, especially for the youth all around the world. Soul Force will inspire the world to 'push' on despite difficulty and/or oppression.


July 2018

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