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The official blog for author Susan Wingate, AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CHRISTIAN FANTASY, FAMILY DRAMA, AND THE THRILLER
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The Untold Story

What is the untold story? How do we know if we have a story worth telling? Easy. If you have a story… it’s worth telling. But here’s a caveat, just because you have a story doesn’t mean the storytelling will hold a person’s interest. I know. I’ve written some stories, short and long, that have… The post The Untold Story appeared first on Susan...

What is the untold story? How do we know if we have a story worth telling? Easy. If you have a story… it’s worth telling. But here’s a caveat, just because you have a story doesn’t mean the storytelling will hold a person’s interest. I know. I’ve written some stories, short and long, that have tanked and I’ve given up on. Thrown into the e-waste bin.

THE UNTOLD STORY

So, when do we know if a story is one that will resonate with readers? I think the answer is simple but we’re trying to complicate it. I think that when the story grabs us by the neck and won’t let us go, the effect is the same for the reader. I honestly don’t think the subject matter is the issue but the storytelling.

Case in point:

  • An old man goes fishing
  • A man remembers the war

These examples wouldn’t have a feather’s chance in a wind storm of holding someone’s attention if we didn’t give the reader a little more.

  • An old man goes fishing to catch the biggest fish in the sea. (THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, Hemingway)
  • A man remembers the war, being bombed out in an underground shelter in Dresden then transports himself psychologically to a planet called Tralfamadore where he is incarcerated with a beautiful, naked movie star. (SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, Vonnegut)

Without detail of a struggle, you can’t tell a story well. Without some emotional or physical risk to the character, you can’t tell a story well. Without something important, some universal problem broached, you can’t tell a story well.

  • An old man goes fishing to prove he’s still viable and important, that just because he’s old doesn’t mean he doesn’t still have dreams.
  • A man remembers the war, and because the memories are so disturbing and sad decades later, he protects himself by thinking of other things to avoid thinking about the war.

As we deepen information for our characters, as we get to that ever-important untold story, we add more interest for our readers. I’ve only shown three goes at deepening information about the story and the characters’ plight within each story but you can go even deeper. Keep searching for what the real story is because sooner or later, it will reveal itself to you.


In THE DEATH OF VULTURES, Meg’s story is one about a mother who loses her daughter to heroin addiction, and how she searches for the people responsible for her daughter’s death.

The Untold Story

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San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot

Two local authors and I will be reading from our latest novels at the San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot event. Please join me, Mary Kalbert, and Janet Dann for this FREE Local Fiction Snapshot. Wed. Oct.10 @ 7 pm – 9:00 pm Free The event is co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore. The books… The post San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot appeared first on Susan...

Two local authors and I will be reading from our latest novels at the San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot event. Please join me, Mary Kalbert, and Janet Dann for this FREE Local Fiction Snapshot.

Wed. Oct.10 @ 7 pm – 9:00 pm Free

The event is co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore.

The books we’ll be reading from are:

  • Janet Dann’s, Debts and Vengeance, the 3rd book in the Good Neighbors Trilogy,
  • Mary Kalbert’s, Stone the Goat,
  • and Susan Wingate’s (that’s me!), The Deer Effect and The Death of Vultures

Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot

San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot San Juan Island Library Fiction Author Snapshot


To learn more about this event, CLICK HERE!


“I’m still reeling after finishing Susan Wingate’s latest, THE DEATH OF VULTURES.  Brilliantly written, here is a tale that grips you by the throat from the opening prologue to the gut-punch of an ending.  Both tender and brutal, intelligent and visceral, each page carries a reader further down a harrowing path to a conclusion both inevitable yet also shocking. This novel will leave an indelible mark on your soul.  Don’t miss it.” —James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Demon Crown

“In THE DEATH OF VULTURES, bestselling author Susan Wingate delivers a spellbinding page-turner. Harrowing and heartbreaking, this is the story of a grief-stricken mother’s tenacity in her efforts to bring to justice the monsters responsible for her daughter’s drug overdose. Meg Storm is a heroine you can really root for. Once you pick up this riveting thriller, you won’t want to put it down.” —Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Susan Wingate is guilty. She caused me to lose a full night’s sleep. That’s how engrossing her newest novel, The Death of Vultures, is. Like an onion, the layers keep peeling away revealing new twists and turns that keep you glued to the page. Her writing is impeccable and the world she creates, while at times as tragic as a car wreck, is both haunting and impossible to ignore.” —New York Times and USA Today Thriller Award winning author, Vincent Zandri.

Get your copy of “THE DEATH OF VULTURES” by Clicking Here.

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FAVORITE AUTHOR TWEETS

FAVORITE AUTHOR TWEETS As a frequent flyer on Twitter, I sometimes come across tweets from my favorite authors that make me envious, make me think, “I wish I’d tweeted that.” Here are a few of my favorite author tweets. I’ll be loading this up with new tweets from time to time so check back soon.… The post FAVORITE AUTHOR TWEETS appeared first on Susan...

FAVORITE AUTHOR TWEETS
As a frequent flyer on Twitter, I sometimes come across tweets from my favorite authors that make me envious, make me think, “I wish I’d tweeted that.” Here are a few of my favorite author tweets. I’ll be loading this up with new tweets from time to time so check back soon.favorite author tweets

 

Stephen King

Randall Silvis

JCarson Black

Margaret Atwood

Bob Woodward

Vincent Zandri

Anne Lamott

Scott Turow

Anthony Horowitz

Gloria Steinem

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To Wear the Costume or Not to Wear the Costume, That, is the Question!

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Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday

Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday From 2P until 4P, Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday. I will be sitting just inside the door with my latest thriller, THE DEATH OF VULTURES. Griffin Bay Bookstore is located at: 155 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Open Every Day 10am-6pm (360) 378-5511… The post Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday appeared first on Susan...

Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday

From 2P until 4P, Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday. I will be sitting just inside the door with my latest thriller, THE DEATH OF VULTURES.

Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This Saturday

Griffin Bay Bookstore is located at:

155 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Open Every Day 10am-6pm
(360) 378-5511
info@griffinbaybook.com

Griffin Bay Bookstore was established in 1979 in Friday Harbor. When I got to the island, eighteen years later, they were located on Second Street just a skip north from Spring Street. Laura Norris has owned the bookstore since 2007 and I’m super-excited to be Laura’s guest at her benchmark business on Spring Street, and to talk to her guests about my latest psychological thriller, which I’ve set in Friday Harbor.

In fact, most of my novels are set in and around the San Juan Islands. I just can’t help writing about this place, a setting rife with texture and sensuous detail.

Now, here’s a little about THE DEATH OF VULTURES…

Griffin Bay Bookstore is Hosting Me This SaturdaySynopsis

Meg Storm has stepped in it. After becoming entangled within an industry as nefarious as it is criminal, she becomes swept under the riptide in a lurid world of drugs and drug money. With law enforcement at a loss about the island’s escalating trafficking of drugs, authorities opt to use unorthodox tactics. After her daughter, Lily, dies from an apparent heroin overdose, and then her husband, the same way, Meg has nothing left to lose. She transforms herself from housewife into fighting phenom. Will she become a victim, a vigilante, or both? For Meg, nothing is as it seems.

READ SOME RAVE REVIEWS BY CLICKING HERE

“Susan Wingate is guilty. She caused me to lose a full night’s sleep. That’s how engrossing her newest novel, The Death of Vultures, is. Like an onion, the layers keep peeling away revealing new twists and turns that keep you glued to the page. Her writing is impeccable and the world she creates, while at times as tragic as a car wreck, is both haunting and impossible to ignore.”
New York Times and USA Today Thriller Award winning author, Vincent Zandri


Factoid: Deer eat meat. Ask me about it when you visit Griffin Bay Bookstore this Saturday between 2P and 4P.

 

 

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THE DEATH OF VULTURES eBook Giveaway

That’s right! THE DEATH OF VULTURES eBook Giveaway starts in just hours! Saturday, September 15th on Facebook and Amazon.com you can download a FREE copy of my latest release, a psychological women’s thriller. And please help me out and remember to post your review on Amazon. If you haven’t seen already, here are some reviews…… The post THE DEATH OF VULTURES eBook Giveaway appeared first on Susan...

the death of vultures ebook giveawayThat’s right! THE DEATH OF VULTURES eBook Giveaway starts in just hours! Saturday, September 15th on Facebook and Amazon.com you can download a FREE copy of my latest release, a psychological women’s thriller.

And please help me out and remember to post your review on Amazon.

If you haven’t seen already, here are some reviews…

“I’m still reeling after finishing Susan Wingate’s latest, THE DEATH OF VULTURES.  Brilliantly written… a tale that grips you by the throat from the opening prologue to the gut-punch of an ending… Don’t miss it.” —James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Demon Crown

“In THE DEATH OF VULTURES, bestselling author Susan Wingate delivers a spellbinding page-turner… Once you pick up this riveting thriller, you won’t want to put it down.” —Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Meg Storm is intimate with grief, and with guilt… both emotions are palpable in The Death of Vultures, from the first to the final page. With a fine eye for detail, and an exquisitely tuned empathy for her character’s agony… A visceral, personal, unflinching look at the insidious plague decimating this country, The Death of Vultures will have you double-checking the locks every night and holding your loved ones a little bit tighter.” —Randall Silvis, Author of the Ryan DeMarco mystery series

“The author writes with a shrewd, confident style; the characters’ experiences are often perceptible to readers… Violence is stark but fleeting, as the profound tale is more about loss than revenge. A bleak but undeniably affecting family tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, August 2, 2018

“Susan Wingate is guilty. She caused me to lose a full night’s sleep. That’s how engrossing her newest novel, The Death of Vultures, is. Like an onion, the layers keep peeling away revealing new twists and turns that keep you glued to the page. Her writing is impeccable and the world she creates, while at times as tragic as a car wreck, is both haunting and impossible to ignore.” —New York Times and USA Today Thriller Award winning author, Vincent Zandri.

“Grief, guilt, and punishment for crimes walk closely together in an evolving story… The result is a riveting, action-packed inspection of one woman’s life gone awry as she sets out to rescue others only to come full-circle to discover her own strength and ability to survive.” —D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“When the book starts out with the death of her daughter, you’d think things couldn’t get much worse for Meg—but they do… fast-paced masterpiece THE DEATH OF VULTURES… Wingate’s deftly controlled writing style has the reader feeling everything the character goes through—which is exhausting and wonderful.” —Terry Persun, Award Winning & Amazon Bestselling Novelist

“In the tradition of GONE GIRL, Susan Wingate’s THE DEATH OF VULTURES is both layered and nuanced. Like a striptease. the story unwinds itself, building one fear above the other.  She has created a world both surreal and REAL, where regrets don’t just swallow you whole… They KILL you.” -JCarson Black, NY Times Bestseller, www.jcarsonblack.com

“Susan Wingate creates emotions one should feel when reading. The characters are so real, the situations, especially perceptions people have about situations and how these have an effect on decisions, are so raw and emotional. This isn’t an easy book, but it’s beautiful because this could be happening to you.” – Elsa H, Reviewer

“Drugs are going through the door and she lost her daughter and then her husband to the dangers of drug addiction. The law is struggling to cope and they use her to go inside to give them information. What will happen to her? See by reading.” -Tanya, Goodreads reviewer

“Amazing book!!!! I could not put this book down from the first page to the last.” -Tara J., NetGalley reviewer

“This was a hard book to read. I lost two brothers to drugs. I think it’s a great book, sad beyond words, but great in that it goes into detail about what is going on in this country. It’s a story of a mother’s love, a wife’s determination and the hurt and anger she has. A must read for everyone especially if you have lost someone to drugs.” -Linda M., Netgalley reviewer

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