Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Straight Chatting from the Library: Susan Crow

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Susan Crow will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

I had two favourite books as a child, and they still have a very special place in my heart today. They were a compilation of Enid Blyton’s short stories and poems, and a book called Nature Tales which had a chapter called “Gentlefolk and Ruffians” explaining the different manners of the birds we see in the garden.

What are you reading right now?

Norney Rough by Phyllis Nicholson

E-Reader or print? and why?

Always print. My daughter bought me an eReader, and it’s never been out of its box! I am quite physical about books, I caress them and treasure them. I get a sense of liberation every time I open a new book.

One book at a time or multiples?

Sometimes I can read multiples, but mostly I’m a one-book-at-a-time person. With multiples, they would have to be in different genres, for example: a mystery novel and a book of nature writing.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Always bookmark! I love choosing a bookmark. I have some beautiful ones which have been given to me but, also, if a book is a gift and came with a gift-tag, I always use the gift-tag as the bookmark, then leave it in.

When do you do most of your reading?

I read in bed at the end of the day. I do this because, if I try to read during the day, I get involved in the book and neglect the other things I should be doing! In bed, I can read until I fall asleep.

Favorite genre?

Can I opt for two…? I love mysteries and nature writings.

Do you loan your books?

I’ve lost three copies of the Green Knowe series of books simply because of my enthusiasm to share them! Despite this, I’m still a book lender because I just can’t help myself!

What would make you not finish a book?

I always try to finish books which are gifts. They are usually tailored to me so I enjoy them all the way through but, occasionally, mistakes are made! I won’t finish other books if I find myself reading the text over and over with no sense of connection. This could be either the writing style - I’m not a fan of lots of statistics - or the content.

Keep books or give them away?

I only give away duplicates. We have quite a library as everyone in the house (five adults!) is the same. When I was a child, we had a limited supply of books and I think that is probably the reason I can’t part with them now. When my children were small, my husband and I bought them more books than anything else. I take the view that, with a good book and a world of beauty for them to observe, children will flourish.


Here is a nest egg of memories and anecdotes teased from a life uplifted by an appreciation of the natural world.

Memories of childhood in rural England, raising a family in Orkney and Lincolnshire, and retirement in Northern Scotland are threaded together into a broad tapestry of the natural year. These experiences meet with a view of Earth's uncertain future to illustrate the necessity for respect of all lifeforms and shares a passion for the well being of this planet with all generations.

Child of the Earth is a source of inspiration and delight - a literary garland of hope.


April has such a gentle ring to it. The astilbe is coming through, with its leaves like red feathers sitting below last year's dead stems; the rhubarb is coming through nicely and the yellow strawberry has a flower on it. The roses at the back of the border are looking healthy and everything is going upwards and outwards. There is a dainty sweetness to the front of the border with grape hyacinths seeming as if they would bloom forever, daffodils spreading their sunshine everywhere and tulips injecting dramatic colour amongst the softer spring shades.


Susan grew up in the Isle of Axholme, which inspired the Crowvus best-seller, Child of the Isle. She has a deep love of nature which is apparent in all her writing from the poems she has had published in various anthologies, to her 2020 release, Child of the Earth.

Susan released Rosie Jane and the Swodgerump as part of the John O’Groats Book Festival. This story was written and inspired by raising her six children in Orkney. After moving to England for a while, Susan finally returned to North Scotland in 2009, and continues to write her monthly blogs, What’s It Like Up There?

Her latest book, Child of the Earth, is a nature companion, drawn from her own experiences throughout her life. It provides a colourful telling of Susan’s encounters with nature, told with a style which makes it accessible to all readers.

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  1. Thank you for hosting "Child of the Earth" on your wonderful blog.

  2. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  3. How did you come up with the title of the book?

  4. Thank you everyone. Bernie - I chose the title because my first book was called "Child Of The Isle" and was a memoir. "Child Of The Earth" is a companion book but with a strong message about respect for the natural world.