Aspiring writers will get a chance to discuss the book industry with successful Puget Sound writer Susan Wingate Wednesday at the Monroe Public Library.
Wingate is a top-selling writer of adult and young adult fiction on Amazon.com, and is also a motivational speaker.
Wingate’s novels “Of the Law,” “Bobby’s Diner,” “Spider Brains,” and “Drowning” all reached Amazon Best Seller status in 2012. “Drowning” also won the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama.
She presents lectures and workshops all over the United States, speaking on the topics of publishing, marketing, writing and surviving the new e-publishing industry.
A native of Arizona, Wingate earned a degree in accounting at Arizona State University, but had always been interested in and involved with theater and writing.
Three years after graduating, she moved to Washington, where she ran a bed and breakfast while working to develop her writing abilities.
She got a big break as a writer when Michael Collins, an internationally-famous Irish author with a long string of prestigious awards to his credit, noticed her work and mentored her for two years.
Wingate also has a very active blog on writing at susanwingate.wordpress.com.
She was recruited to talk at the regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Wednesday Writers group by group leader Bernadette Pajer, herself a successful mystery novelist. The meeting is open to the public.
“Bernadette has a lot of contacts,” said Betsy Lewis, librarian at the Monroe Public Library. “She has a lot of energy, too.”
The library wasn’t able to acquire any of Wingate’s novels in time for the talk, but Main Street Books in Monroe will carry some.