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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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What’s Been Happening

READING What’s been happening? Well, first up, free all this week, THE LAST MAHARAJAN, a family drama/women’s fiction exclusively on Amazon.com for your Kindle eReader.   Next up, THE LESSER WITNESS is now out. June 17th marked the release date of my latest novel, an apocalyptic thriller set only a few years into the future.… The post What’s Been Happening appeared first on Susan...

READING

What’s been happening? Well, first up, free all this week, THE LAST MAHARAJAN, a family drama/women’s fiction exclusively on Amazon.com for your Kindle eReader.

 


Next up, THE LESSER WITNESS is now out. June 17th marked the release date of my latest novel, an apocalyptic thriller set only a few years into the future. THE LESSER WITNESS is book one of The Eschatos Chronicles.

What's Been Happening2025. A bolide ignites an onset of earthquakes marking utter ruin on Earth. especially on one small island where Croy Justice lives. With a gang of virulent boys trailing her, Croy must outwit them or risk a gruesome death at their hands. Will she survive these end times? Or, will she be snapped up into satan’s grip?

“THE LESSER WITNESS” is a gripping thriller that will captivate the mind and enthrall the senses…” – Daily Press 

“THE LESSER WITNESS” is a remarkable read filled with riveting suspense that will keep you on your seat from start to finish. This is simply the must read book of the summer.” – Sun-Sentinel

“Every now and then a book comes along that fills you with emotion; an emotion that is not easily matched by others. “THE LESSER WITNESS” by Author Susan Wingate is that and more as she weaves the emotions of life and the realities that we live in with vivid realism that only a true master can pull off. If you are looking for a thrill ride this summer, this is the book for you.” – Chicago Tribune 


WRITING

Lastly, my next workshop at The Writing Studio will be another writing retreat. This will be a one-day retreat where we will concentrate five hours on building creative flow. This is a popular workshop so please sign up soon because this workshop fills up fast. Space is limited to only six participants. Here’s what happens at the writing retreat:

“Spend one day in retreat in order to spur on creativity. Each hour will alternate between physical motion, meditation, and explorion. Then, jump headlong into immersive writing. Work on a story you have are already writing or write freely.”

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT

And of course, I’m writing another novel, the second in the Eschatos Chronicles series, called THE FALSE WITNESS.


ARITHMETIC

There ain’t no stinking arithmetic. But you can peruse all of my books by heading over to the Books page right here on my website. Be well. -Susan Wingate

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New Release! THE LESSER WITNESS, Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction

New Release! THE LESSER WITNESS, Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction I’m happy to announce my latest new release entitled The Lesser Witness, a young adult novel and apocalyptic fiction (with a smattering of inspirational fantasy elements thrown in for good measure). The story came to life one day when I took my sweet dog, Robert on… The post New Release! THE LESSER WITNESS, Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction appeared first on Susan...

new-release-the-lesser-witness-young-adult-apocalyptic-fictionNew Release! THE LESSER WITNESS, Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction

I’m happy to announce my latest new release entitled The Lesser Witness, a young adult novel and apocalyptic fiction (with a smattering of inspirational fantasy elements thrown in for good measure).

The story came to life one day when I took my sweet dog, Robert on a walk along South Beach here on the island. We live in the Pacific Northwest. It was a winter walk, gray and grizzled with a persistent breeze coming off the Strait of Juan de Fuca. South Beach faces the Olympic Peninsula but you can also see Vancouver Island north of the peninsula. I looked eastward and remember seeing a young woman crystallize in front of me. She ran straight past and behind me. I remember spinning to follow her. A few feet later, she bent over in pain. Her sides aching from exertion. Then, I heard a gang of boys and looked back from where she’d come. There were three chasing her. Both of us, our eyes pinned on them. She took off again but then things went badly. The story flooded out of me after that. Robert and I sat in the car for an hour while I charted the course for Croy Justice, the young woman who takes the reins of this novel.

I finished the writing of this story within weeks, in 2016. But with Mom being sick and, ultimately, passing away that December, nothing further happened—no editing, no submissions, no nothing. But in 2018, after submitting to a few publishers, it’s finally here!

If you enjoy reading stories like Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” and Frank Peretti’s “The Oath,” you might like THE LESSER WITNESS. It’s a dark, gritty mash-up of genres, from young adult apocalyptic fiction (which is categorized in the SciFi/Horror genre) to inspirational fantasy, and thriller novel.

Here’s the blurb off Amazon.com:

For people who liked The Oath by Frank Peretti and The Outsider by Stephen King.

CLASSIC WINGATE INSPIRATIONAL, POST-APOCALYPTIC THRILLER

Would you run into the arms of death to save someone you love? Or would you save yourself? How would you choose who lives and who dies? Pick one person—a throw-away—a person you must sacrifice to save humanity.

In the not too distant future, a bolide ignites an onset of earthquakes marking utter ruin on Earth. especially on one small island where Croy Justice lives. With a gang of virulent boys trailing her, Croy must outwit them or risk a gruesome death at their hands. Will she survive these end times? Or, will she be snapped up into satan’s grip?

LAST WITNESS is a story about one young woman’s fight against evil during a time when all hope has been vanquished.

I hope you pick up a copy. And, if you do, please remember to post an honest review at the purchase site.

Get the Paperback here: Amazon.com

Get the eBook here: Amazon.com

Thank you, Susan.

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Looking to Wednesday, A Crazy Busy Day

I’m looking to Wednesday and it’s going to be a crazy busy day. Fingers and toes crossed. Prayers welcome. Today only my book The Dementia Chronicles is FREE: https://amzn.to/2VCr3X5 Download NOW and if you enjoyed your FREE Copy please don’t forget to leave your precious review. Thanks so much. But wait! There’s more… Not only… The post Looking to Wednesday, A Crazy Busy Day appeared first on Susan...

Looking to Wednesday, A Crazy Busy DayI’m looking to Wednesday and it’s going to be a crazy busy day. Fingers and toes crossed. Prayers welcome.

Today only my book The Dementia Chronicles is FREE: https://amzn.to/2VCr3X5

Download NOW and if you enjoyed your FREE Copy please don’t forget to leave your precious review. Thanks so much.


But wait! There’s more…

Not only is The Dementia Chronicles free but I’m expecting good news soon and on several fronts.

  • For Dialogue: Between the Lines, my radio podcast, has some exciting news that I’m sneaking out each Tuesday live airing. Of course, you can always listen to the podcast anytime.
  • For my latest end-of-times thriller called, The Lesser Witness. I can’t say just yet but when I hear, you can be sure to hear from me. Finally,
  • For edits to another novel (I’m not yet outing the title for. It’s a secret!) The editor is awesome and I’m looking forward to working with her.

You can find me most days on my hamster wheel.

Writing is hard and life is good.

Onward and upward!

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Lots Happening at Susan Wingate Writing

We have lots happening on the Susan Wingate Writing front. Between writing, editing, publishing, writing workshops, and my podcast “Dialogue: Between the Lines,” I am a-hoppin’! Writing On the writing front, I am well underway with the writing of another novel. This story is a catastrophic event type novel featuring a female protagonist, Zaine Walker.… The post Lots Happening at Susan Wingate Writing appeared first on Susan...

We have lots happening on the Susan Wingate Writing front. Between writing, editing, publishing, writing workshops, and my podcast “Dialogue: Between the Lines,” I am a-hoppin’!

Writing

On the writing front, I am well underway with the writing of another novel. This story is a catastrophic event type novel featuring a female protagonist, Zaine Walker. She’s young. She’s gritty. She’s kick-ass. Her external threat? The freaking Russians are coming… again Zaine isn’t going to have any of it. She risks everything she loves to stop them. What’s more? She’s on a fast track back to find her childhood abuser, her own stepfather. Will she be able to face him? Or will she quail in his presence? Zaine Walker has so much to lose. But she loses something she never thought possible.

Editing

My latest completed novel is off to the editor. That novel is a “coming of age,” young adult story with elements of magical realism. My editor will get me the edits back early in May. Afterward, we will go back-and-forth with three full edits. Then after she blesses my revisions, I will be shopping the story to publishers.

Publishing

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I have news for an upcoming release of another novel. Details like the title and release date will follow. I’m super excited about this novel. This story will be categorized within the genres of Christian Fantasy, Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy, and End-of-Times horror fiction. I will be revealing the cover soon and will give further details about this novel as soon as I’m allowed.

Writing Workshops

I am thrilled to finally have my writing studio ready to host workshops. I am leading several upcoming workshops at The Wingate Writing Studio, such as Drilling Down Character and my popular Build Your eBook. I hosted my first writers retreat at the end of March 2019. Participants enjoyed the surrounding woods where the studio is located. A few deer even showed up to bless our writing.

You can learn more about The Writing Studio by checking out the 2019 schedule of events. And, thank God, all events come with coffee!

And why the deer? You’ll find out.

Dialogue: Between the Lines

Lots Happening at Susan Wingate WritingDialogue will be expanding days for hosting guest authors. The change will happen January 2020 when we will be adding Thursday to the schedule (and possibly Wednesday). The live airing time will be the same, at 10AM Pacific Standard Time (1P Eastern). As well, Dialogue will add shows such as “Just the Facts, Ma’am” and “East Coast-West Coast.” Furthermore, each new shows will feature an author guest co-host. The expansion is borne out of having a current schedule 6-months in the future already booked. That’s right, folks… I’m currently booking Tuesdays on Dialogue into October. But, again, the biggest news will come late in 2019 when I reveal my guest co-hosts. Oh my goodness. They are awesome.

In Closing

Yep. I’m hopping busy, is right. So, if you can’t reach me by email or phone, you’ll find me under a pile of the balls I was juggling.

 

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It’s Been A While

It’s been a while. More than a month, two months, in fact, since I’ve sent out a note to my friends. So, here you go. Lots has happened in the past two months with several major activities that have kept me running. The Little Store – I’m helping out more hands-on at our store in… The post It’s Been A While appeared first on Susan...

It’s been a while. More than a month, two months, in fact, since I’ve sent out a note to my friends. So, here you go. Lots has happened in the past two months with several major activities that have kept me running.

The Little Store – I’m helping out more hands-on at our store in town. Since Bob retired last September, I’ve been easing my way into oversight management of personnel and finances.

Deacon at Church – I have spent one year and ten months in the second term of being one of twelve deacons at our church. I’m also the treasurer for the deacon board so I’m busy monthly in spurts with that job. And once a year, each deacon takes responsibility for one month of meeting the needs of people in our community. We also give out Christmas boxes, prepare an Easter breakfast, and set up chairs in front of the church for our July 4th parade. We also set up the Communion table and set out a coffee hour with noshes and refreshments to be enjoyed after Communion service.

Chair of the AOTSJI – I took on the chair position of our newly established Authors of the San Juan Islands author membership association. Each month when business heats up, I ask myself, “What was I thinking?” LOL. But it’s good work and there are many hands ready and willing to step up to new responsibilities. We have a monthly Farmers Market presence with loads of books to sell. We will have our third Meet the Author event May 19th, and we’re always taking new authors as members. It’s a ton of good fun work.

Another Novel Completed – I finished my latest coming of age story, a YA novel with elements of magical realism. I sent that one to the editor today. I’m looking forward to reviewing her edits and making the story as strong as possible. She will start at the end of April and she would return the edits in three weeks. That’s the first phase. We can do up to three passes on the story making sure that I’m understanding and applying her suggestions correctly. One of the story’s first readers said, “I was terrorized. Then, I cried.” That kind of comment about an author’s story is golden. And, no! I’m not telling you the title right now. It’s a secret.

The Writing Studio – My writing studio is officially open with events scheduled out through October. I will close November and December for the holidays. But several of us enjoyed the inaugural event, a two day writers retreat filled with physical motion, meditation, exploration, and immersive writing. All-in-all, we got in 2.5 hours over the weekend of each, light exercise, meditation, exploration, and writing. What a great and creative time spent by all. The next event is a craft class in character called, Drilling Down Character. That one will be held Saturday, April 27th from 10AM to 4PM. You can learn more about The Writing Studio by clicking HERE. I hope you can find time to join us and learn among other talented writers.

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful new season. We’re enjoying the daffodils, purple hyacinth, the bees, and a flurry of coming baby deer. Life is good. Thanks to God. Amen and Hallelujah!

 

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Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You?

Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You? In this post about branding and marketing for authors, I approach the subject a little snarkier, a little differently than others might, but not too much different. Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You? It’s a verifiable fact that people hate you when all you do… The post Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You? appeared first on Susan...

Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You? In this post about branding and marketing for authors, I approach the subject a little snarkier, a little differently than others might, but not too much different.

Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You?

It’s a verifiable fact that people hate you when all you do is post about your stupid book. I mean, I hate you too. Bob calls this form of promoting, “Tooting your own horn.” My Mom used to call it bragging. So, stop it. Nobody wants to buy something from a braggart especially when they don’t know who the hell you are.

Ask yourself this: How many commercial ad emails do you think, “Oh goody! Another product from some one or some company I’ve never heard of! Oh, yay! I get to spend my hard-earned money on their stupid crap! Yippee!”

No. You never say that. You simply hit delete.

We authors think that because we’re authors, everyone is interested in what we do. I’m no different. We’re fascinating people, as a rule. However, that opinion comes directly from our ill-informed minds. We’re actually very boring because all we want to do is talk about ourselves. Ask Bob. Give him a call. His number is (360) 585-5115. Not really.

So, how can we make our books stand out in the alphabet soup of all other books out there?

Well, one way is to write a great story. And if you can’t do that then try the following:

  • Make sure your cover art is striking. If you’re traditionally-published, make certain your publisher doesn’t botch this part of your published book. It will make or break book sales. If you’re self-published, there are many great book cover artists. I recently found www.thebookcoverdesginer.com. You can hire a designer for a custom cover or you can select from thousands of premade covers by genre. That’s another thing, know your genre.
  • Another way to stand out is to show people your true personality. This goes back to the point where I asked, would you buy something off the internet from someone you don’t know. When people get to know you and they like you (This is important too. Don’t be a moron. I know. I’ve been one. Sometimes still am. My cross to bear.) as I was stating, when people get to know you and they like you, they will buy stuff from you. You could be selling tuna toothbrushes and if you make a case that even tuna need clean teeth and people like you, you’ll be selling tuna toothbrushes in no time flat.
  • Use Facebook wisely. I pop into Facebook a couple times a day. However I avoid those “sell your books here” pages because the majority of members are other authors trying to sell their books. It’s like holding up a mirror in front of a mirror. The horror.
  • Use Facebook wisely, part deux. I like my FB friends. So, I like to chat people up. People like to be chatted up although I did get into a little bit of a kerfuffle with one dude who, as it turns out spent time behind bars and complained how he couldn’t practice law after reading tomes of law books, and that after doing so he felt competent to give legal advice inside the slammer. Other than those times, most of my posts are like the one above, about potato flakes. Others are as abstract as the one below about cow farts. When I first read this article on a friend’s page, I roared. People like to laugh. I’m a people. I know. But really, we have enough pain and suffering to go around. Make ’em laugh, I say. Once they laugh, you’ve set the hook on your tuna. Now sell him a toothbrush because once they like you, they buy from you.

Here’s the cow fart post:

I tracked how many book posts I’ve placed on my FB page from January 26th to February 7th. In the past twelve days, I placed one post about STORM SEASON and another about THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES. Those posts typically get the fewest likes and shares. Every other post was either weird, funny, or about deer.

See what I did there? I compared types, random posts to selling-oriented posts. And in doing so, I told you about my two latest books. It takes practice to know so much about so much. I’m not being egotistical either. Just stating the facts. 😀

So, what makes you interesting? For me, it’s a sense of humor and, of course, the deer. I know you’re more interesting than that. You’ll figure it out and you’ll know when you land on it. People will either laugh at you or get offended. Choose your weapon wisely. And, if you’re awesome, you can sometimes combine both.

BTW, the potato flake logo FB post idea came while fixing breakfast for Robert and Teddy, our dogs. Be aware of your thoughts. Those thoughts are the deep you. That’s the you people will fall in love with. Now, go out and have fun.

The Dementia Chronicles by Susan Wingate

Thanks for reading, Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don’t You? I hope you enjoyed it.

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