influences : Raymond Chandler, Edgar Allan Poe, Joan Didion
No. 1 Amazon Bestselling, Award-winning author, SUSAN WINGATE, is co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES.
Susan has written ten novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her novels DROWNING and BOBBY’S DINER have received rave reviews and multiple awards.
Susan’s pseudonyms include, Myah Lin (literary fiction) and JJ Adams (noir mystery).
- 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama
- 2011 International Best Books Award, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
- 2010 International Best Books Award, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
- 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
- 2009 Textnovel Editor’s Choice Award & Finalist
Susan has won various other literary awards for her short stories and poetry.
SUSAN WINGATE’s latest news! Her poem entitled “The Dance of Wind in Trees” has been accepted for publication in the 2013 Virginia Quarterly Review.
Susan’s award-winning, Amazon best seller, DROWNING is now available for pre-orders in audio book version.
Susan’s 3-Book “Susie Speider” YA Fiction Series accepted for publication with Astraea Press.
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.
Born 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 & Rocky (their dogs), 12 cats, 14 birds, a fistful of raccoons, a small 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!