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If you want to read clean, award-winning, fiction steeped in suspense and sometimes set in mythical lands, or books with mystery and thriller elements, you will enjoy reading Susan Wingate's books. The twists and turns of her stories and her likable, touching characters are always unique. Some of her work even harkens back to the fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis and also to the superhero Spider-Man series-books with unforgettable heroes and fantastical worlds readers can escape to. Susan's work has been compared with Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven to James Patterson's Lake House. Her mystery novels are riveting stories like JD Robb and Sue Grafton and her fantasy novels ring of The Golden Compass and A Wrinkle in Time.
All of Susan's bestselling, award-winning books are recommended for teens, young adults, and up.
Susan Wingate's latest YA fantasy novel, Troubled in Paradise is now available!
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- Biography -
Susan Wingate, the author of quadruple award-winning novel The Deer Effect, remembers vividly as a child watching her father write stories and then running to the school library to check-out and read the latest Black Beauty and Nancy Drew books. She started writing short stories as a child, but really began to take writing seriously as teen--jotting down short ditties, poems and stories in one sitting. Often her settings and characters depicted mystical characters that she would imagine.
It wasn't until Susan Wingate was inspired by the story of author Stephen King, a troubled and drug-addicted author who overcame his addictions and also by James Patterson, the author of the Lake House books, that Susan entertained the idea of writing a book. Susan remembers sitting in her motorhome--the one she would drive 2,000 miles to her new home--and creating the plot line for her first novel, a novel she imagined being made into a movie.
After reading promotional emails about other authors' books, she thought, "Why not me?" and took the plunge. It was then that Susan created a dialogue between her two critical characters in her first mystery and thriller.
"My story was completely Raymond Chandler-esque as far as the classic story of good versus evil and of plotting the mystery novel switches and turns. I just kept developing more detail. It felt like the story was writing itself and there were so many different elements to it. It was all there--I had first and last names, character back history, everything. So, I just started writing."
After months of writing, developing the plot and reading other authors in the same genre, the end result was Susan Wingate's first book, Of the Law--a first-person dialogue of Harvey Flemings the main character about the uber-wealthy dead woman, Leona Malouf and so the mystery/thriller begins.
Since her first story, Susan Wingate books continue to reach #1 Amazon Bestseller status and win book awards with The Deer Effect winning four awards in 2015.
Susan Wingate graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Accounting but got her writing training from the likes of Michael Collins, Tom Jenks, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Dean Wesley Smith. She is a native of the Seattle Metropolitan area and when she isn't writing, Susan enjoys music, watching movies, dancing, and she walks with her little Westie, Robert.
To learn more you can follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanwngate
or visit her blog: http://susanwingate.com/blog
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Top Customer Reviews
I felt the beginning was not just slow, it was unbelievably slow. We were given a hint of what would propel the protagonist to act as she did fairly quickly but then left hanging for pages and pages and even chapters before further attention was paid to what was supposed to be the triggering incident that set the story in motion. And even then, the author so often ventured off into distracting side trips into her past that it was frustrating.
The other major problem I had with this novel was that I never connected with the protagonist. She was not especially likable. She went off half-cocked on a mission to uncover 'the truth' of long-buried family secrets, against her mother's wishes and when her mother was perhaps a week from death--in a hospice facility, no less. It was impossible to understand why her mission, which didn't seem that earth shaking, couldn't have waited. Then, she proceeded to upset aging relatives. I found her not only heartless, but stupid--entering her aunt's empty house after her aunt ordered her to leave earlier and rummaging through personal documents while the aunt was gone? Who does something like this?? And then to lead another man who was connected to the family by marriage years before to believe she would have sex with him in exchange for information, and take him to her hotel room? Good grief! It wasn't as if she was on a mission to save the country from multiple nuclear bomb attacks!
As for the writing, I found it passable but far, far too heavy on description after description. The book also could have used tighter editing, which was not part of my decision to give only three stars.
Phyllis Schieber, author of The Manicurist, The Sinner's Guide to Confession, and Willing Spirits.
Dr. Veronica Esagui, television producer and author.
So to help me come up with a reasonable way to weigh these opposite impressions, I made a note to myself that story-telling is a natural talent, one that comes from the heart and guts and cannot be taught. Not so with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Which is why I ended up giving the author the benefit of the doubt, hoping she will come back to improve the technical aspects of her writing. Therefore I am awarding the story 4 stars.
The cover image of a bluish head over which you can discern the flow of water is somewhat morbid, and fully becoming of the theme of the story, which includes an episode of physical drowning as well as that feeling of suffocation Euly feels, faced with the secrets in her family. She is far from being a 'likable' protagonist, and her actions are far from following any logical reasoning, which makes for surprising twists and turns in this story.
This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
Euly Winger, the protagonist at the heart of Susan Wingate's latest novel, inhabits that very moment. Yet, even as troubles with her family and marriage seem to be closing in, she sets out to uncover - and more importantly, *understand* - the dark secret held at her family's heart.
At turns lyrical and touching, you'll find this an exercise in emotion and intimacy. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The basic premise of the story is age old .....our perception of our childhood and how we carry that baggage with us......the relationships between mothers and daughters..... Read morePublished 14 months ago by christopherpines
Good read with a few unpredicted twists..insight to the apparent thoughts of drowning were surreal - hope to read againPublished on December 1, 2013 by tatsue
This is a story about family confusion. Nothing seems to make sense about the relationships in he family until a secret is revealed after the death of one.Published on November 25, 2013 by J. McDaniel
I almost quit reading after the prologue. It seemed to me that the author wasn't sure what she really wanted to say. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Katha Frances Walter
I think I liked this book. I say that because there were so many punctuation errors and missing words I had a very hard time reading it. I did enjoy the story, though. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by chenie
The spelling and grammar in this book were so horrible that I spent a lot of time reading sentences over and over trying to figure out what the author was saying. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Kristin
I enjoyed the book, Drowning, but I was distracted by the multiple misspellings and typos. I read the Kindle edition and maybe the print edition has been corrected. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by JustBarb
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