My name is Susanne Gervay and I love being an author. I also love kids, librarians, teachers, readers of any age where we share story, thoughts, humour and what matters.
I grew up in beautiful Sydney with my older brother Thomas and younger sister. My parents were refugees who escaped from war, communism and terrorism in Hungary. They hoped to be accepted by a democratic county. Australia offered them a new home.
My father was a farmer and my mother the daughter of a Professor of Engineering in Hungary.
“My father always said, ‘Australia is the best country. We are free to work here. If we work hard we make a good life…’
Quote from ‘Next Stop The Moon’ by Susanne Gervay
My parents didn’t speak English when they arrived and worked in factories rebuilding their lives.
I married an engineer and became a teacher and educational consultant. I have two wonderful kids – Tory who’s 8 in the photo, is dressed in a Hungarian outfit made by her Grandma. Her older brother is Jamie (also known as JACK) who inspired my I AM JACK books.
Life gets complicated. My father died of cancer, my marriage broke down and I got cancer. But life is about meeting challenges, friendships, being all you can be. So I started writing for my children so they’d laugh and feel safe. Then I started writing for all kids, parents and everyone.
My books are driven by the rights of children and families, partnering them in good times and bad and a hope for peace.
Being an author takes you around the world from Oprah, Fox News in Las Vegas, Outback Australia, to the loving kids of the Deaf & Blind School.
A snapshots & photos of my life as an author
- Being part of a fact finding mission on climate change and literacy with Patrick Dobson father of Indigenous reconciliation in the newest nation in the Pacific Ocean Kiribati
- Award winning illustrator Frane Lessac in Paris after we spoke at the London IBBY Conference
- Best selling author Deborah Abela and I at a writers’ meeting at The Hughenden Hotel in Sydney
- Catching up with Derek Landy author of Skulduggery Pleasant Dark Days at The Hughenden
- Speaking to kids at the Beijing literary Festival
- Sharing my books with the children of Kiribati, island atoll
- The funtastic ‘Authors on the Road’ tour of Northern Queensland
- A day off touring at beautiful Great Keppel island, Barrier Reef Queensland
The BEST part is sharing story with people of all ages – especially kids and even Oprah (ha) – from giving an address as an Australia Day Ambassador in the bush, speaking on School of the Air in the Outback, being interviewed by FOX TV in Las Vegas, talking at the Deaf and Blind School, touring with Monkey Baa Theatre Company across the US … everywhere!