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Susan Wingate writes about big trouble in small towns and lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Washington State where, against State laws, she feeds the wildlife because she wants them to follow her. Her ukulele playing is (as her Sitto used to say) coming along.

Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestselling and award-winning author. 


Susan's story "How the Deer Moon Hungers" has won seven book awards, including a first place award in the 2020 Chanticleer Somerset Awards, 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.


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 they flora or fauna. In a nutshell, that’s why I moved away from Phoenix and to an island. Here, I can 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, though, while gardening or landscaping or simply hanging outside, more deer started to show up. They would eat trimmings, nibble on branches, or newly-planted foliage. I know. I remember once, after planting two young cherry trees I went inside. When I glanced out to view my handiwork, a buck was standing under the tree. It reared up and, balancing on his back legs, ate the tenderest of cherry limbs near the top. I said, “Well, that was an expensive lunch.” But that's how it is here. I live among wild things. Not the other way around. 


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 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, and several others. Susan is represented by Chip MacGregor.

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