Sue Williams is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Women of the Outback, Outback Spirit, Mean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story, Father Bob: the larrikin priest and Getting There – Journeys of an Accidental Adventurer. Her 18 published books include biography, crime, travel and health.
Also an award-winning journalist, Sue has worked in print and television in the UK and New Zealand as well as in Australia.
Hi, what’s your name?
Where do you hail from?
Originally Britain, but in Australia for the last 25 years, living in Kings Cross, Sydney
Who do you work for?
Freelance journalist working mostly for Fairfax, and author writing books with a number of different publishers
Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?
Started in journalism in Britain, working for newspapers, then travelled for ten years around the world, finally landing in NZ in 1988 where I worked in newspapers and TV, and then came to Australia in 1989. Worked her in newspapers, magazines and TV and also began writing books in 1993.
What are your career highlights?
Having my first travel book published, Getting There. Reporting from Iraq on the 2nd phase of the war, 2009. Reporting on the election campaign, Keating v Hewson 1993. Writing a regular 3 columns a week for the Daily Telegraph. Writing for GW, The Australian magazine, and The Bulletin. Being short-listed for the Gold Dagger Award in Britain for the international best true-crime book of the year, with book about Peter Falconio, And Then The Darkness. Writing a second travel book about the Australian Outback, Welcome to the Outback. Presenting and producing my own weekly segment on the media on SBS TV.
Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
Life and everything about it.
Which other storytellers do you admire?
Joseph Wambaugh, Emlyn Williams, Truman Capote, Sonya Hartnett, Helen Garner, Andrew Rule
What do you plan to share at Storyology?
How to use journalistic skills to move also into book-writing
Where can we find you?
LinkedIn: Sue Williams