About Suzi Spinelli
Suzi Spinelli is a full-time mother to an energetic, book-loving little girl, as well as being a qualified teacher and a writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and a Diploma of Education in Early Childhood Studies, having taught pre-primary before the birth of her daughter.
Suzanne’s father, Mario Spinelli, suffered from a mental illness, and this had a significant impact on her childhood. She always used writing as a way to explore her feelings, and it was this self-expression that led to her love of writing and using her experiences to inspire her work. Fighting Spirit is Mario’s life story.
Her debut picture book, My Daddy is Different, will be published by Empowering Resources and explores, through the eyes of a child, the impact of having a parent with a mental illness.
Living in the coastal city of Bunbury, Western Australia, Suzanne enjoys being close to the beach. Her interests include reading, playing volleyball and tennis, kayaking, boxing and, most importantly, spending time with her little girl.