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Susan Wingate writes about big trouble in small towns. She 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, "Coming along," as her Sitto used to say. Susan is a #1 Amazon bestselling and award-winning author. 


How the Deer Moon Hungers was chosen by The International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club as their October 2022 Official Book Selection of the Month. It has won eight 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.

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.




Anyone can pick up a novel and find a “he done me wrong” story, or a story about the death of a family member. Psychologists often tell their patients to write when they are having trouble coping with some sort of loss or grief. The bookshelves are packed with these stories and that’s not a bad thing. But writing can be difficult while in the throes of grieving. I know. 

In the past seven years, my mother died, my cherished dog, Robert died, and now my husband, Bob is in hospice. 

So, how do we keep writing when we don’t feel like it? Well,I do what I have coined The Icepick Approach©. I chip away method of writing for the busy woman (and maybe a man, here or there). The Icepick Approach allows a writer the freedom and PERMISSION to write only a few sentences a day; good sentences and no more unless you want. Because to do more would further overwhelm. When in the throes of deep grief, when we can barely get through a day let alone write coherent scenes for a novel, I simply chip, chip away to stay on track and to get my creative flow out. But I do it write every day. Chipping away.

That’s how I completed:
1.    How the Deer Moon Hungers
2.    Gag Me
3.    When You Leave Me
4.    Storm Season
5.    The Lesser Witness
6.    And a few short stories for anthologies I was invited to write for. 
7.    And it’s the method I use for editing the Bobby’s Diner series which got picked up again and revitalized by a new publisher

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 tramping through the woods at dusk, more deer started to show up, started to accept me. 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'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.