Award Winning Author Susan Wingate’s Full Bio

SUSAN WINGATE’s poem entitled “The Dance of Wind in Trees” was published in the April 2013 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Her award-winning, #1 Amazon bestseller, DROWNING is now available in audio book version.

SPIDER BRAINS, book No. 1 in the “Susie Speider” YA Fiction Series is Available Now through Astraea Press and on Amazon.

In 2012, two of Susan’s books made it onto the Top 10 Amazon Best Seller list, twice.

DROWNING (contemporary women’s fiction) won 1st place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for the category of Drama. DROWNING also won a finalist award for the category of Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards and reached #1 on the Amazon’s Best Seller list.

A vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile ePublishing industry. She presents these lectures at writing conferences, libraries and book stores around the country. She also loves to visit with book clubs for more intimate chats.

Susan Wingate ParentsBorn in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie, Susan tried to fly, at age five, off the roof of their family house using only newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She’s been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time, screaming like a crazy woman, and stopped her from take-off. After that, she began taking dance lessons with the solid ground beneath her feet.

In high school, Susan became involved in acting when she joined the drama club. And, at seventeen, she went on a 2-month acting tour with an acting troupe called The Robinhood Players. At nineteen, she taught aerobics, waitressed and bartended. Susan graduated from AZ State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Three years later, she moved from Phoenix to an island off the Washington State coast to concentrate on her writing. However, to support herself, she opened up a bed & breakfast and for three years ran it but closed doors soon after September 11, 2001.

Still, her focus remained on writing.

It was after she got noticed by award-winning, international bestselling author, Michael Collins that she began to think she could actually make a career in the publishing industry. For two years Collins mentored Susan.

That brings us to today–still writing daily and loving it!

Oh, she also draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium.

Susan lives not too far from Seattle on a little spit of an island with her husband, Bob, Robert (their dog), thirteen cats, eleven birds, a fistful of raccoons, a herd of deer, two sneaky foxes, a band of ring-necked doves, an unkindness of ravens, a murder of crows and a covey of quail!

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