Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestselling, award-winning author of over fifteen novels. Her novel "How the Deer Moon Hungers" has won six book awards, including a Silver Award in the 2021 eLit Book Awards, the 2020 SABA Book Awards for the Judge’s Selection “Best Fiction Author,” Best Fiction in the 2020 Pacific Book Award, a Silver Award in the 2020 Moonbeam Children's Book Award, and July 2020 Book Cover in the Book Cover of the Month Awards.

Wingate writes about big trouble and small towns in “unputdownable, twisty tales.” Susan lives with her husband on a small island off the coast of Washington State where she tends to a lovable herd of deer.


If you want to know what makes me tick, it can be summed up with this one quote from A Sand County Almanac, “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” ―Aldo Leopold.

Honestly, I cannot live without wild things, be it flora or fauna. In a nutshell, that’s why I moved away from Phoenix and to an island. There, I would spot a rare wayward doe or buck in the earliest morning or later in the evening. Deer tend to be shy when they don’t know you. After time, however, while gardening or landscaping or simply hanging outside, more deer would show—to eat trimmings, nibble on branches, or even newly-planted foliage. I remember once after planting two young cherry trees and went inside, I glanced out a window to gaze upon my handiwork. At that moment, a buck reared up and, balancing on his back legs, ate the tenderest of cherry limbs near the top of this small, new tree. I said, “Well, that's an expensive lunch.”


Susan Wingate is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning author of over fifteen novels. Susan writes across fiction genres often setting her stories in the Pacific Northwest, specifically, Friday Harbor where she and her husband, Bob live. Susan’s writing has been published in journals such as the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Superstition Review, and Suspense Magazine, as well as a few others.

Susan's Memberships Include: the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.