PRIME TIME SHOW! Rosemary & Larry Mild on Dialogue Wednesday, September 25th at 2P Pacific (5P Eastern)

I’m thrilled to have on my next PRIME TIME SHOW! Rosemary & Larry Mild on Dialogue Wednesday, September 25th at 2P Pacific (5P Eastern). Listen in to the live podcast HERE.

Wife and husband author team, Rosemary & Larry Mild have their latest Hawaii cozy mystery published entitled COPPER AND GOLDIE. The book is getting rave reviews. Read all about COPPER AND GOLD by heading over to Amazon now!

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For Immediate Release Contact: Maryglenn McCombs (615) 297-9875,

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COPPER AND GOLDIE: 13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawai‘i

A collection of detective stories by husband-and-wife novelists Rosemary and Larry Mild, Copper and Goldie is slated for September Publication

Honolulu, Hawai‘i—Celebrated husband-and-wife mystery writers Rosemary and Larry Mild will unveil a new short story collection, Copper and Goldie:  13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawai‘i this September. These rollicking stories about an ex-cop-turned-cabbie and his golden retriever partner will be published in a trade paper edition (ISBN 978-0-9905472-5-9, $14.95, 183 pages) and available wherever fine books are sold on September 15, 2019.

About Copper and Goldie:  Homicide detective Sam Nahoe takes a bullet in his spine in the line of duty. Disabled, his career with the Honolulu Police Department shattered, Sam is left to wonder “What now?”

Jobless, lonely, and divorced, Sam becomes an independent Checker Cab driver. In need of a partner, Sam adopts a rescue golden retriever mix.  He trains the (usually) adorable, incredibly smart Goldie to perform neat tricks like growling at a fare who doesn’t tip. Sam and Goldie cruise O‘ahu for fares, but it turns out criminals need taxi service, too. Among those criminals: bank robbers, kidnappers, vengeful wives—and even killers, compelling Sam to get his private investigator license.

And so begins this wild, witty, and wickedly entertaining collection of detective stories. Brimming with action, intrigue, and humor, Copper and Goldie is filled with charming characters of both the two- and four-legged variety.  Fun, fresh, and feisty, Copper and Goldie includes 13 original stories all set against the backdrop of the to-die-for Hawai‘ian setting.

Rosemary and Larry Mild are coauthors of two popular suspense novels set in Hawai‘i: Cry Ohana and its sequel, Honolulu Heatas well as the Paco & Molly Mysteries, the Dan & Rivka Sherman Mysteries, and a sci-fi novella. Death Goes Postal, first in the Dan & Rivka series, is also available as an Amazon Audible Audiobook.

Copper and Goldie is the Milds’ third book of mystery stories. The Milds call Honolulu home, where they cherish time with their daughters and grandchildren. They are members of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Hawaii Fiction Writers.

Members of the news media requesting more information about Copper and Goldie or the authors are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone at (615) 297-9875 or by email:



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The Lesser Witness is Now Out in Audio Book

The Lesser Witness is now out in audio book and you can get it FOR FREE by using an ACX promo code. You can get one of 25 promo codes by requesting a review copy from me directly. Just send an email with the Subject Line reading:


My email address is close to the bottom of this post.

The Lesser Witness is now out in audio bookAbout The Lesser WitnessFor people who enjoyed reading The Oath by Frank Peretti and The Outsider by Stephen KingCLASSIC WINGATE INSPIRATIONAL, APOCALYPTIC THRILLERWould 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? THE LESSER WITNESS is a story about one young woman’s fight against evil during a time when all hope has been vanquished.Read more about The Lesser Witness HERE.
Again, The Lesser Witness is now out in audio book and I want to give away some free copies. If you like apocalyptic fiction, horror, Christian fiction, and stories about catastrophies, you'll love The Lesser Witness.Remember, contact me right away. There are only 25 promo codes available for this title so act fast.ACX Promo Codes can only be redeemed at and Make sure to send fans and reviewers this link when distributing your codes. If you miss this promotion, you can always purchase The Lesser Witness for $13.99 by CLICKING HERE.And, if you're interested in receiving another audio book promo code for any of my other titles, please check out MY BOOKS PAGE HERE and then contact me at susan(at)susanwingate(dot)com and I'll be happy to make this happen for you!You can also get all my audio books by clicking here: Bounty Referral ProgramAnd thank you for reading AND listening to my stories. You're why I write.




GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE "PRIME TIME" THURSDAYMEET GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE "PRIME TIME" THURSDAY. Steve Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to move from the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City school system. Mr. Mariotti’s first assignment was in the East New York section of Brooklyn, and his last was in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx.

Steve Mariotti is the founder of NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

While teaching in this hard-hitting environment for six and one half years, Mr. Mariotti gained insight into how to successfully motivate his tough students – teaching them how to run a business. His perceptions and learnings inspired him to create a program to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth. In 1987 the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed.Considered an expert in education for at-risk youth, Mr. Mariotti was a 2012 inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He received numerous awards, including an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the New York Enterprise Report’s 2012 Founders Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Association of Education Publishers’ Golden Lamp Award for the best curriculum in America in 2002 and 2010’s best curriculum in math for the 11th edition of NFTE’s Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, the ACE/Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, the CEO Club’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and America’s Top High School Business Teacher. He has been the subject of many national media profiles on programs including ABC Evening News and 20/20. In addition, he is the co-author of 28 books on entrepreneurship that have sold over one million copies. Mr. Mariotti has previously attended The World Economic Forum and was a frequent speaker at Davos as well as other business forums.A native son of Michigan, Mr. Mariotti received his B.B.A. in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College. He started his professional career as a treasury analyst for Ford Motor Company before founding his own company, Mason Import/Export Services. Steve is now a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Check out his column here.

About NFTE


if we could activate the entrepreneurial mindset of an entire generation. That's what NFTE does. The program activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society.NFTE offers schools and partners a unique combination of high-impact student programs with exceptional teacher training and support. The result? Entrepreneurship changes the lives of young people.


NFTE Entrepreneurship Pathway: An Innovative Road to Success

In an innovation economy, there are no traditional paths to success. To activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, NFTE’s Pathway begins by igniting the imagination then takes students through the journey of creating and refining an original business concept. Students are guided by NFTE’s expert Entrepreneurial Teacher Corps, and supported by the entrepreneurs and business leaders who volunteer as classroom speakers, field trip hosts, business plan coaches, and competition judges.For many students, the highlight of their NFTE experience is taking the stage in NFTE’s renowned business plan competition series, but no matter where they are on the Pathway, NFTE students earn recognition of the skills and concepts they are mastering, and advanced students ultimately have the opportunity to earn the first-ever industry-recognized credential to certify entrepreneurial mindset and startup skills.




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Work Your Fingers to the Bone, What do You Get?

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers.

Beware! This is a pity post.I work four distinct jobs/activities since Bob retired. So, it's his fault. I just want to get that there up front so we're all in agreement. Here's what a typical week looks like for me.

Job/Activity 1 - Writing

work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-what-do-you-getI build my muscles when I write. Writing is what I consider my main job. It takes up most of my time. In fact, I write approximately 4 to 6 hours a day, five and sometimes six days a week. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday and sometimes Sundays (Shh! Don't tell anyone because Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest for me). Currently, I'm finishing the second book of The Eschatos Chronicles, an apocalyptic, inspirational thriller series. The Lesser Witness launched the series in June 2019 and is book one. The False Witness should be out by the end of 2019, if not, January 2020. Concurrently, I'm working on an untitled climate catastrophe thriller which will be at the first draft phase by December. My editor is all lined up to look at The False Witness with the second untitled MS getting to her soon after.With writing business, I not only have to write (duh) but I have to market my books and do administrative duties such as banking and taxes. No fun but a must these days. As books sell, money flows in, money flows out, taxes are triggered which means I have to do financial reporting as well. We must pay the big grinding wheel of bureaucracy after all, mustn't we?

Job/Activity 2 - The Little Store

Since Bob retired, I've been spending up to 25 hours a week working either there or from my home on personnel and financial issues that arise daily. It's Bob's fault that this job has fallen into my lap. I ask him regularly if he misses working and regularly he gives me a big, fat "No!" I blame him for the extra workload. I remind him this regularly also. I remind him by giving him the stink eye, by wolfing down my meals, and by not resting until Sundays, sometimes when I only clean and do landscaping that has fallen short since his retirement. I guess he believes he's retired from ALL work. Guess again, buddy.

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers.

Job/Activity 3 - Deaconing

I love being a deacon. It's good work helping good people who have fallen into hard times. The community outreach we do connects me to many people. I get to pray with people who might not normally attend church. The work is rewarding and important.

Job/Activity 4 - Authors of the San Juan Islands

Since August 2018, I've been the chair of a new membership organization called Authors of the San Juan Islands. You can learn more about AOTSJI at This activity is the one that takes the brunt of my energy in that with all the other spinning plates, the AOTSJI plate tends to come crashing down first. And regularly. Before, I was performing too many tasks---membership, website updating, cashiering, programming for monthly meetings, updating the group on newsworthy events, events chair, yada yada. But since 2019, several amazing women have stepped up to take on many of these tasks making impossible for me now to NOT keep my own responsibilities in order...which they are not. Not yet. But soon.  work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-what-do-you-get

The Other Things Not Listed But Itemized For Your Convenience

  • Showering, shaving my legs (yeah, right), waxing my eyebrows, coloring my hair (back to its natural color)
  • Feeding animals, giving them fresh water, cleaning their poopy boxes, there is a herd of deer, and a clutch of raccoons that live with us (I'm not joking...they should pay rent!)
  • Vacuuming, moping and mopping, dusting, Windexing (yes, it's now a verb), toilets, sinks, showers must be scrubbed (if not weekly and monthly then for sure yearly!), laundry (the mountainous pile in the closet needs picking from because I'm so tired of wearing dirty clothes...not really. I'd live in dirty clothes if I weren't married)
  • Landscaping and gardening---I can't even pretend these two things are getting done.

In Closing

My life has gone haywire fast. We don't have a house cleaner or a landscaper. Instead, we have bills.But I think the important take-away from all of this, this itemized listing of all my many activities here is that all of this is Bob's fault. He's fine with that. He accepts it. And I have to go because Bob wants another cup of coffee and a snack. Retirement is FLIPPING AWESOME!

How Do I Ignore the Noise?


HOW DO I IGNORE THE NOISE?This past week has been a flurry of awards, books deals, and blog tours. Honestly, it's all very distracting. So, how do I ignore the noise?Well, yesterday, I printed out the existing headers of another novel I'm writing. This novel will be the sequel to The Lesser Witness, which just came out in June.

THE LESSER WITNESS: AN APOCALYPTIC THRILLER“THE LESSER WITNESS” is a remarkable read filled with rivetingsuspense that will keep you on your seat from start to finish. This issimply the must read book of the summer." - Sun-SentinelIn the not too distant future, a bolide ignites an onset ofearthquakes marking utter ruin on Earth. especially on one small islandwhere Croy Justice lives. With a gang of virulent boys trailing her,Croy must outwit them or risk a gruesome death at their hands. Will shesurvive 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 do i ignore the noise

This follow-up has the working title, THE FALSE WITNESS and tracks the perilous journey of Croy Justice through a world turned inside-out by the apocalyptic event that happens in Book One.I'm currently at the 26,000 word mark and have needed to stop and review my progress. With only the beginning written, I feel like jumping to the end so that I understand the outcome, to see how my characters either make it out alive or not. As for the middle and the climax, I have a vague understanding of the main major conflict but I first want to write the end. What I'm talking about here is plotting. Because I've concentrated mostly on plotting to this point, when I write the end, the story will read thin at first---just a summary of action and resolution for the over-arcing story.Which brings me to the next phase of my work, writing for characterization. To me, this is the most intriguing part of writing---analyzing each character, what motivates them, digging into their fatal flaws, understanding their fears and longings. Because writing my characters helps tell the front story even when I'm interjecting backstory. I don't want this novel to read thin, I want readers to be able to sink their teeth into each person acting in each capacity of this tale. I know that when I read a novel, I want to understand the character first letting their special decisions guide them into action, conflict and resolution, and not the other way around. What I mean here is letting action and conflict control the character. Because, when we write characters this way, those characters could be anyone. I want to write what moves my character, write instances important to her alone. Answer questions like: Why has she ended up in this predicament in the first place? My point is this, what makes this story special because of Croy? Why is she integral to this story? Conversely, why is the story integral to Croy? In other words, why is Croy so important to this story that I had to write it? The answer might be as simple as: Because without Croy there is no story. Or as complex as: Croy will be the only person to save the soul of mankind. That's pretty heavy. So, why can't it be both? Aha! Well, it can.Big questions like this should act like a virtual Ouija board to each story we write. Questions like these guide us every step of the way to the point we write "The End" to our novel. These questions should considered BEFORE we write anything in fiction.After I write this note to you, I'll be heading over to my writing studio and jumping into the book. I hope to have no fewer than 6,000 words written by the end of this week. So, how do I ignore the noise? Writing. Every single time.I'll fill you in on my progress next week. That way I can be accountable to you for my successes and failure.Until then, see you on the flip-flop.

2019 Titles

The Dementia Chronicles by Susan Wingate



After a few weeks of negotiating, I'm thrilled to announce that MOON SPYER, my latest young adult novel received an offer for publication with Fitzroy Books (an imprint of Regal House Publishing) in a "nice deal." The publisher has set the expected publication date for Spring 2021.The acquisitions editor, Jaynie Royal had this to say when she sent me the notification of acceptance for MOON SPYER: "I found it a powerful and compelling work and I would be delighted to offer you a contract." Oh, joy of joys! Of course this news sends me to the moon!MOST RECENT NEWS SENDS ME TO THE MOON

Do you have a book you want to publish? Are you looking for a publisher or an agent? If you need guidance, I've had a bit of experience in this area and might be able to help. If you're interested in contacting me about this, go to The Writing Studio and see if any of my workshops or one-on-one instruction fits your needs.


Other news sends me to the moon and that's news from last week. In fact, I'm still reeling. If you didn't catch my July 9th blog post, well here is that news: I received a Book Excellence Award!I am incredibly excited to announce that I have been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Winner for my book, STORM SEASON in the Thriller Category.Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the Book Excellence Awards competition, my book was selected for its high quality writing, design and overall market appeal.To view my complete award listing, you can visit:CHECK OUT MY AWARD HEREThe book was released in January 2019 and is about Meg Storm, a woman who has nothing left to lose.The book is perfect for readers who enjoy psychological thrillers like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.You can get a copy of my latest award-winning thriller at

Some Exciting News

Some Exciting News

Monday marked a great day for me when I received some exciting news. I was checking my email and in the subject line of one read:

Congratulations! You Won a Book Excellence Award!

Honestly, I didn't even remember entering books into any contests. After reading further, the revamped version, STORM SEASON (previously titled Death of Vultures) won the thriller category of the 2019 Book Excellence Award. That's the entire category! I'm so excited.It's a huge honor when hundreds of authors enter a contest and your book is chosen for the award. I couldn't be happier.Some Exciting NewsIf you're interested in picking up my latest award-winner, simply click on the photo. You can choose an eBook, paperback, or audio book. The audio book is narrated by voice artist Tamara Christians and still has the old title and book cover image. But it's the same story that won this year's Book Excellence Award. You can also check out other Amazon bestsellers and award-winners by going to my BOOKS PAGE.And! So as not to dampen today's news, there's more exciting news to report on the horizon. I'll send out another note next week on that.


"I'm still reeling after finishing Susan Wingate's latest, [STORM SEASON].  Brilliantly written, here is a tale that grips you by the throat from the opening prologue to the gut-punch of an ending.  Both tender and brutal, intelligent and visceral, each page carries a reader further down a harrowing path to a conclusion both inevitable yet also shocking. This novel will leave an indelible mark on your soul.  Don't miss it." --James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Demon Crown"In [STORM SEASON], bestselling author Susan Wingate delivers a spellbinding page-turner. Harrowing and heartbreaking, this is the story of a grief-stricken mother's tenacity in her efforts to bring to justice the monsters responsible for her daughter's drug overdose. Meg Storm is a heroine you can really root for. Once you pick up this riveting thriller, you won't want to put it down." --Kevin O'Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author"The author writes with a shrewd, confident style…Violence is stark but fleeting, as the profound tale is more about loss than revenge. A bleak but undeniably affecting family tale." --Kirkus Reviews, August 2, 2018"In the tradition of GONE GIRL, Susan Wingate's [STORM SEASON] is both layered and nuanced. Like a striptease. the story unwinds itself, building one fear above the other.  She has created a world both surreal and REAL, where regrets don't just swallow you whole... They KILL you." -JCarson Black, New York Times Bestseller, jcarsonblack.comSo those are fun. Anyway, onward and upward!

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you find rest and fun with family and friends during your holiday. Don't forget to slurp down a hotdog or two.Happy 4th of July from Susan WingateBob and I are planning an intimate BBQ, just the two of us, and a dog, six cats, birds and the rest of our animal crew. We'll be grilling steaks on the barbie, with a side of mini-taters in foil slathered with butter and garlic. Num. And a leafy salad, to boot.And if you need a book to read, you might want to check out any of my latest 2019 titles.Read well, eat well, love deeply. Enjoy your day.

What's Been Happening


What's been happening? Well, first up, free all this week, THE LAST MAHARAJAN, a family drama/women's fiction exclusively on 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 


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."


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


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

New Release! THE LESSER WITNESS, Young Adult Apocalyptic Fiction

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

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


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.comGet the eBook here: Amazon.comThank you, Susan.

Looking to Wednesday, A Crazy Busy Day

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: 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!

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'!


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.


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.


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. 

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 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! 

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 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 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. :DSo, 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 WingateThanks for reading, Cows Have Brands! So, Authors, Why Don't You? I hope you enjoyed it.

Standing in the Corner

STANDING IN THE CORNER - A three-part story of confession

If I wasn't sick (I was a sickly sort), or dancing around the yard for Uncle's movie camera, then I was standing in the corner. I had a propensity for trouble. Thought it made me cool. Maybe. I really can't recall the why's or wherefores of the trouble I got into. I was a kid. Kids test the ropes, say things like "penis" just to get a rise out of adults. I am witness. Bob's daughter has three boys ages 3, 7, and 10. The last time they visited, Ezzie, the 3-year-old said, "cheese penis," because what's funnier, right?Anywho, I was no different. Although I don't believe cheese penis was in my repertoire.No, I did bad things. And I confess three sins here:

My Sister Needs My Attention

Tormenting Lizz was more fun than you might imagine although once it nearly led to my death. In fact, bugging my sister was such a natural occurrence that remembering specifics has vaporized from my memory card. Except, of course the time I nearly died. That'll stay with you. I mean. She was a teenager by then. I a mere adolescent, gangly freak. You know the type--all legs and arms, flat-chested, a wannabe teenager. Anyway, Lizz showed up as she would seeing as how she lived with our family. I flew out, cat-style, attacking from behind a corner. Zip forward to now where I witness Timmy, our cat attack his dog-brother, Teddy much the same way. I am Timmy in the past-life scenario. But this time, Lizz was having none of it. She spirited away to her bedroom reappearing down the hall like a spector with a weapon, a wire hanger, rage filling her pimply teenager face. No words were necessary. I understood the shriek and charge. She intended to beat the living crap out of me. I, being a dancer (remember) was quick. Plus, Mom was there and sibs can't kill each other while a parent is present. Her timing sucked. Was way off. I on the other hand was fleet of foot, running in circles from the den, through the kitchen, into the living room, into the foyer, back into the den, and around I ran. Did I mention rage filled her face? I can still hear the primal screams gutteral then pitching up into a shriek. A Banshee call, a high-pitched caterwaul (I got this word from She scared the living cheese penis out of me. Please forgive me, Lizz.

The Barking Dog in the Alley

Then there was the barking dog in the alley trouble. A gang of kids, me included, were searching for treasure down the alley behind our home where everyone on the block kept their garbage cans. The alley was rife with hidey-holes and treasure. One day, while we were actively searching for gold, a neighbor's dog began barking and it wasn't simply a yip-yip cutesy bark either. No, it was a persistent, yak-yak-yak-yak-yak-yak-yak-way. So, being in the garbage pick-up zone of the hood, I spotted a glass jar and tossed it over the wooden fence upon which everyone heard it shatter. Holy cannoli. I didn't want to launch a rock at the dog. Didn't intend to kill it but I didn't mean to slice the poor thing into shreds either. So, what did I do? I screamed, "Run!" to the others and we tore off out of the alley ran counter-clockwise to the street behind ours and re-emerged the other side of our street where we hid for days so that we wouldn't get in trouble. The memory, my sin still haunts to this day. In fact, I was recounting it to Bob the other night and after I said, "I think I was a bad little girl." He said, "You're a bad old girl." Which proves the saying, "A leopard's spots never change." Or, is it a tiger's stripes. Please forgive me doggy and owner of doggy, whoever you were, I was only six and a terrible child.

Judd Smith was Bugging Me

Judd Smith was a kid who loved me. He would show up unannounced at our house and ask my mom if I was there. I would come to the door and summarily shut it in his face. Mom said, "Susi, he's cute. He likes you. Be nice." Please. He was cute but even at seven, I knew he really wasn't my type. But Judd persisted, much the way Elizabeth Warren did. Wouldn't stop. So, I thought, "What can I do to make him stop." Well, Judd rode a bike to school. He'd ride by me and my sister on the way to school, haranguing me by saying, "Hi." The scurrilous little freckle-faced bum. So, after Lizz split off to her class, I lingered for a girlfriend who I had spotted, a viable accessory, an unwitting participant in the furtherance of my crime. "Hey, Margie (Whoever. I can't remember her name. Wiped it from my memory card.). "Hey Margie," I said, "will you hold my books? I need to do something." She agreed. Stood next to me, me standing next to Judd's bike, whereupon I took one of my pencils and with the lead, depressed the air stem and flattened little Judd's back tire. This little Margie character rolled on me. Turned me in. During second period, I was called into the Principal's office. He sat me down across from him, he behind his desk, and asked, "Why?" I told him, "Because he won't stop bugging me. I don't like him and he likes me and he won't stop bugging me." It was a justification defense, if ever. And I delivered my defense with the acumen of F. Lee Bailey because it worked. The Principal seemed to have a visceral reaction and covered his mouth to stop from laughing. He let me off scott-free with a warning, "Don't do it again."My sins are many, I'm sure. Many of which I will confess here. Thank you for your forgiveness. I forgive you too.Standing in the corner

The Dementia Chronicles Full Blog Series

"The Dementia Chronicles" full blog series is out in paperback and eBook, two years after the death of my mother. The series annals the trials and heartbreak of my mother as she suffered with Alzheimer's Disease, coupled with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and with bouts of schizophrenia. In my humble and non-medical opinion, the COPD caused brain trauma. Without proper oxygen getting to the brain, the brain will die. Although, I must say, I remember my Mom's mom being a smidgen schizophrenic. But I'm not sure the schizophrenia was a side effect of the other two problems.Anyway, you can now read all of the posts in a single format whether print or digital. Thank you for all your kind comments during this trying time. You have no idea how much support you gave me.The Dementia Chronicles by Susan Wingate

Ripped from Susan Wingate's blog, THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES is a memoir of the time Susan's mother lived with them, an eighteen-month period during her final stages of Alzheimer's Disease."The Dementia Chronicles" blog series depicts, in each of twenty-six installments, tender mercies, heartache, trials, and a fight to sustain her mother's life.


The Dementia Chronicles is one woman's personal observations as the primary caregiver for an aging parent with Alzheimer's Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A discussion on aging and senescence and caring for sick parents, The Dementia Chronicles ponders issues such as health and fitness of the elderly as well as genetically-fed family health issues. 



THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES #26 - A LIST FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEADI don’t remember when the activity started. It was definitely after my sister, Lizz went back to Phoenix. She left Friday after Mom died, Monday, December 19, 2016. Wednesday, we drove onto the ferry, heading to Anacortes for an appointment with the funeral director at Evans Funeral Home. Lizz and I had little to say the duration of the ferry ride. We slept on the ride over only speaking when necessary. Our nerves were frayed from the horror and struggle of Mom's death. Scenes from the past three days vivid in our minds.


  1. THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES #26 - A LIST FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEADMary U. came one last time to help me clean and collected all of mom’s stuff out of her bathroom and put it into a box that she stowed away in the closet
  2. After that, I went through mom’s room deep-cleaning
  3. Cleaned out her drawers & clothes closet
  4. Put all her clothing in black landscape bags and took to mom’s old house (Mary helped me put them into my car)
  5. Bob helped me get some big things out, like her bed, we threw away the mattress, left it by the dumpster
  6. Threw her pillows into the dumpster along with area rugs
  7. Put the bedframe out for “free” by the side of the road
  8. Called Lincare to pick up her oxygen supplies (I am still finding parts to the tanks and the keys two years later)
  9. Hid or got rid of all the hospital equipment we had purchased over the 1.5 years mom was with us:
    1. the portable potty I put in mom’s old house
    2. returned the bed rails, the transport chair, and the walker I borrowed from SJ Hospice
    3. put out the hospital bed tray for free by the side of the road
  10. After cleaning I gathered her legal, medical, and social security documents together and called everyone in one day so that I wouldn’t have to deal with it again, but I did have to deal with a few straggling details (I'm still dealing with ownership issues of her home)
  11. I went to my friend’s and unloaded some pretty intimate things about my past
  12. Called the lawyer to help me with legal issues (I am still not done with everything about her estate)THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES #26 - A LIST FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEAD
  13. I bought a new futon sofa and area rug
  14. Didn’t plan a service right away—I just couldn’t manage to do that so I waited to have her service on her birthday in May. I called St. Francis Cemetery in Phoenix and tried to arrange to have a service there, but it became this monolithic chore—too many details, too many parts so I bagged the idea of interring Mom’s remains so far away—too much money even to split.
  15. I did regular things too, like feed, water the animals. Let the dogs and cats out. Fed and watered the birds; oh, and the raccoons
  16. I do remember I taking extra joy with the deer—watching and feeding them
  17. I alienated family members (Lizz, Denielle, and Ashley) by sending everyone a nasty email saying they were no longer welcome at our home
  18. I screamed and yelled at Bob nearly every day
  19. I cried every day, but I can’t remember the tears only the anger, only yelling at Bob
  20. I do remember whenever I drove somewhere crying in the car, just long enough that I wouldn’t be crying when I got out of the car. The drive to town is seven minutes so I spent approximately five minutes crying.
  21. I couldn’t go to church, not until April and then, sporadically.

THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES #26 - A LIST FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEADIt was sixteen months later, in April 2018 when I began to remember memories I’d stuffed away, memories I'd lost immediately after Mom passed away. And it was in November 2018 when I cried because I realized I was getting over her loss. I cried because I wanted to kill off that angry, bitter person I'd become, a person who had become my closest ally. My protector. I didn’t need her anymore. I had begun the dig out of the hole.So, last week was my mother's two year anniversary of leaving this earthly plane. My girlfriend calls her two-year birthday in Heaven. I like the sound of that much better than the anniversary of her death. Because we are promised a new life with no sorrow, no pain upon our rebirth in Heaven.I do remember the dreams right after Mom died. Dreams of her wanting me to dye her hair the colors of the rainbow and "to hurry up!" She wanted to get to the party. She was always heading off to a party in my dreams. Were they dreams? Nah. I don't think so. They were more like visitations. Is that too far-fetched? Well, if you'd been there with us, getting Mom ready for each event, you might not think so.THE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES #26 - A LIST FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEADTHE DEMENTIA CHRONICLES #26 - A LIST FOR CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEAD will be the last installment of The Dementia Chronicles. Thank you for your concern and your kindness over these past two difficult years.

My Scrape with Organized Crime and The Mafia

How Organized Crime Shaped My Writing

I usually read bestsellers written by a novelist who has previously written a fictional and sometimes great American novel. These great books include authors like Joseph Heller, like Margaret Atwood, who write suspense, who are often Pulitzer winning fiction authors, authors of such stories like "A Handmaid's Tale." Other books I read fall into the genres of young adult, the murder mystery, anything Joseph Conrad, detective and procedural fiction, as well as a good old fashioned thriller. Lately, I've been reading novels by John LeCarre. He writes espionage fiction from his experience as a spy with MI5 and MI6. His latest is "A Legacy of Spies," the 50-year-later sequel to "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold."What I don't often read, until recently (and quite by accident) when I picked up Randall Silvis' "Blood & Ink" which one could categorize as mafia fiction, certainly mafia fiction with a "Get Shorty" feel. I watched every flipping episode of The Sopranos but did I ever read any mafia fiction? No. Which is weird for me since my scrape with organized crime and the mafia--a crime boss and his driver. The all-wise "they" say write what you know. I don't write about this part of my past because I don't want to glorify their criminal ways.My Scrape with Organized Crime and The MafiaIf you want to know, however, I spent the full six months eating at the finest restaurants in Phoenix, riding in the backseat of a Rolls Royce with... we'll call him Don Bosso and his driver David, getting clothing and a spending allowance, and well basically being taken care of. Now, ask me if he was married. Yes. He was. This is where guilt and self-loathing take over. He was also twenty-nine years my senior, he at fifty-five and me at twenty-six. I got swept away by the glitz, the never-ending bottle of Cristal, caviar, clothing, the high-life. But it's funny when you're looking down from your pedestal, you don't bother to see everything above you, where you are in the bigger scenario. That you're just a hair above those people wallowing in the gutter with no way to grasp a loftier, more precious spot in life. Why? Because you've made your choice. Because you're blinded by champagne glasses tinkling as they swing from racks above the windows and the wood-carvings on the ice chest in the back of that Rolls.My Scrape with Organized Crime and The MafiaIt's only when you get the first phone call from Don asking why you went where you went today? That the shaking starts."Are you following me?"*Nothing but a chuckle from his end of the line.*When you realize the term at-risk is closer to you than you believed."Stop following me.""Ah, Lebanese," (he liked to call me his Little Lebanese) "don't be mad."After a few similar instances and a mad dash through the backyards of some beaten down homes, I lost David's scent. David stood about six-four and looked like a wall. A dark, rugged wall with smoldering eyes, not the smoldering kind you find in the morning when you roll over and say, "Breakfast?" No, these eyes wouldn't mind snapping your neck if given the order.The next escape was after I was "persuaded" to go to a chi-chi resort for an event arranged by some of Don's people. He wouldn't leave my side until I told him I needed to use the ladies room. David stood watch. Fortunately, I ducked out as soon as I went in. David wasn't expecting me to exit so soon. His back to a massive hallway and concentrating out in front on the area from where we'd entered. I turned down the hall deeper into the resort, opened a double-set of service doors which turned out to be a large kitchen for that floor. I told a busboy I was in trouble and needed help. He slipped me out another door, down three flights of stairs, and out to an area where a train of limos sat waiting for people to leave. I told him I didn't have the money for a limo. He looked at one of the drivers and said, "She needs to get out of here, now. Take her wherever she needs to go." No cost.Of course, the next day Don called. "Why'd you go and leave so soon, Lebanese?"He followed me for a year after.Writing this entry my heart is pounding, my fear still ever living. So, no. I will not write what I know, not about mafia fiction because I feel like I am one of the lucky ones. I got out alive. And the inference? How many others like me did not make it out alive?

Factoid: We don't really know the people we know until they reveal their secrets. Up to that, we see a mask.THE DEATH OF VULTURES is available in paperback, eBook, and now in audio book. Click Here for your copy.My Scrape with Organized Crime and The Mafia  

Chanticleer Book Reviews and The 2018 CLUE Book Awards

Chanticleer Book Reviews and The 2018 CLUE Book Awards

Chanticleer Book Reviews and The 2018 CLUE Book AwardsYawn. Nothing special had happened Monday. You know, the usual. Get out of bed, work, work more, eat, field a host of busy-ness from being Deacon of the Month at our Church, straighten up around the house, fix dinner, watch the news. You know, the same-oh-same-oh. Ho hum. Right?No. Not right. All at once... Crackle, fizz, pop! I got an email from another author friend of mine telling me that THE DEATH OF VULTURES, my latest thriller, made the short-list for The 2018 CLUE Book Awards.I read the note. Backtracked, then re-read the note again. She wrote:"First, congrats on you making the shortlist on the Clue awards. very cool."

Chanticleer Book Reviews and The 2018 CLUE Book Awards Chanticleer Book Reviews and The 2018 CLUE Book Awards

Wah? Wait a sec. My mind fluttered between OMG! Wahoo! and What just happened? Did I recall entering the book in this contest? No. So, in my quandary, I turned to my emails to check. And, voila! The publisher had entered The Death of Vultures for a book review, which it apparently went deeper and onto the book contest from there. Who knew? Not I.

So, now, instead of regular daily activities of the work, work, eat, clean thing, I'll now insert another task of freaking out.But really, of course, I'm totally stoked and excited about any further advancements. And, if you have the chance, you should read the list of short-listed authors! They include Timothy Burgess! Timothy Burgess and 28 other awesome authors. Even if I don't make it further in the contest, I'm so honored to have placed.Chanticleer Book Reviews and The 2018 CLUE Book AwardsFactoid: The word Chanticleer has a French etymology with roots to c. 1250 meaning:  Old French Chantecler noun use of verb phrase chante cler to sing clear. See chant, clear. And was used "rooster" in fairy tales as a proper noun.