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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Sue Williams

Author
Sue Williams is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Women of the OutbackOutback Spirit,Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest and Getting There – Journeys of an Accidental Adventurer. Other books includePeter Ryan: The Inside StoryMean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley StoryWelcome to the Outback;No Time For Fear – the story of shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder – and And Then The Darkness, about the disappearance of the British backpacker Peter Falconio, a book that was shortlisted for the prestigious Golden Dagger Award in the UK for the true crime book of the year, and the Ned Kelly Awards in Australia. Left For Dead, the story of policewoman Samantha Barlow who was beaten to within an inch of her life, was named one of the top books of the year, with an extract reproduced in a book about writing by Oxford University Press. Her most recent book is Gene Genius, about the world of DNA. Also an award-winning journalist, Sue was born in England, and worked in print and television in the UK and New Zealand. She spent many years travelling around the world before falling in love with Australia in 1989. Since settling here, she has written for many of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines. Sue lives in Sydney’s Kings Cross with her partner, writer Jimmy Thomson.

Sue Williams in six words: Single-minded multitasker writes 22 books.

Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?
I always loved writing from a small child, ran a newspaper at school, ran a newsletter at university, and just kept on writing. After university, I travelled around the world for five years, returned to the UK to complete my journalism training, worked in newspapers and magazines, then travelled for another five years, ending up writing, as one of my first books, a travel book. Now I am a journalist and write books in equal measure.

A career moment I’m proud of is …

Making the four-person shortlist for the international crime book of the year in the Gold Dagger Awards with my first crime book, And Then The Darkness, about the murder of Peter Falconio and attack on Joanne Lees.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

Eileen Kampakuta Brown – a tiny elderly Aboriginal woman, who speaks not a word of English, but who managed to start a campaign to stop the Commonwealth Government, as well as overseas nations, from dumping nuclear waste in the South Australian desert.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

Sitting in a local café, away from emails!

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

My new Surface laptop, easy and compact.

Other storytellers I admire are …

Paul Theroux, Kate Grenville, Geraldine Brooks, Gillian Flynn

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

To relax and follow your dream of travel; it’ll all work out fine.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

The excitement of stretching yourself from short-form journalism to books.