Not Your Girly Books
Susan Wingate is the Amazon bestseller and award-winning author of THE DEER EFFECT, the Bobby’s Diner series, and DROWNING. Her writing spans the genres mystery/thriller, family drama, inspirational and Christian fiction, YA fantasy, and memoir. Susan is one of two founding members of the Authors of the San Juan Islands, a membership association for published authors living in and around the premiere San Juan Island archipelago of the Pacific Northwest. When Susan isn’t writing novels, you can find her out tramping through the woods that surround her property chasing deer. Susan lives in Friday Harbor, Washington with her husband, Bob, Robert and Teddy (their dogs), and six rotten cats of varying shape, size, and attitude.
Wingate’s books can be found in libraries across the country, at brick-and-mortar bookstores like Griffin Bay Bookstore, and major online bookstores like Amazon.
Life and Writing. I grew up believing I could fly. My mother once saved me from launching off our roof with only newspaper wings held together with coat hangers and tape.
I grew up on the stage, learned singing, dancing, acting. The singing and dancing I still love. Acting? Not so much. Instead, I throw characterization into writing the human condition. My passion involves working “behind the scenes.” I took up a pen in my teens, at first, writing crappy songs and shitty poetry. Much later, I started the longer work going from short fiction to novels, many of which seem to focus on the grittier side of humanity.
My First Novel. I began writing my first novel in 1997. I had no business writing a novel with no proper training. The thing took eight years to complete. That title, OF THE LAW, a noir mystery, tells a story about a law man who’s sick to death of perps, the entitled, and well, life in general. Then, I wrote three amateur sleuths novels called The Bobby’s Diner series. Another stand-alone family drama called DROWNING. I made a left turn and wrote a young adult romantic fantasy called TROUBLED IN PARADISE. After that, I wrote a novella and the first installment of a trilogy for a young adult inspirational fantasy called WAY OF THE WILD WOOD. THE DEER EFFECT came next. TDE is an inspirational psychological fantasy, which won six awards. DEATH OF VULTURES followed. I started writing this one right before my Mom moved in with us. I wrote it in fifteen minute spurts between caregiving stints. THE LESSER WITNESS is unpublished to date but I have the story on a couple publishers’ desks. MOON SPYING is under construction in the edit phase. I’ve also written a two how-to-write books. As well, I have a ton of short stories, which you can find on Amazon. My two unpublished novels are
Here’s a recent short story, if you’d like to try me out, called DEER SANCTUARY where I’ve folded deer into a bowl full of gritty. DEER SANCTUARY appeared in the Feb 2017 issue of Suspense Magazine.
The Deer/Me Effect. The island has an abundance of deer. Right now, we have a small herd of about thirty black-tailed deer. They meander onto our property begging for corn, barley, oats, apples, and fruit tree limbs, which I cut for them. Some have names, like Einstein, Bee-Bop and Kitty. Some are yearlings and have just “shown up.” And, some, like Kitty, have been coming for twelve years and longer. Some let me to pet them, like Einstein and a new little guy with newly-sprouted, 2-inch antlers. He’s a dork. Sniffs my fingers then bolts off.
Nature and animals typically play large roles in my novels, whether for setting or metaphor. Most stories I’ve cast cameo appearances for deer and often a cat or dog in a supporting roles.
To learn more about my books, go to my books page here. And thanks for checking me out.
What I’m Working On ~ What’s Under Construction or Consideration
- A new conception which got its title first and is slowly revealing a path forward.
- MOON SPYER, a tale about a 16-year old whose 7-year old sister gets killed by a drunk driver.
- THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES, a memoir of my mom and my journey through her Alzheimer’s disease.
- In progress – THE FALSE WITNESS, book two of The Eschatos Chronicles (a seven-book post-apocalyptic thriller series–think The Road meets The Oath meets The Book of Eli) – at 20,000 words, I’m about one-third of the way to completion!
- Under consideration – THE LESSER WITNESS, book one of The Eschatos Chronicles