A Talk With Susan Wingate
Susan Wingate The Person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Loyal, generous, sincere.
2. How do you think others would describe you?
In three words? Weird, funny and helpful. Usually, when I say something, people give me that doggy-head-tilt-look, like "what?" Scooby-doo does it best. So, I think they think I'm a bit off-kilter. Oh well.
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
My animals. I love my animals. My husband too, Bob, he's a doll. He puts up with all my animals!
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
We have two lovely dogs, Robert and Rocky. Robert is a Westie and Rocky is a Cocker. Robert is white and Rocky is black. They are the outnumbered kids in our household. We have fifteen cats - Winky, Pinky, Twinkle, Serena, Raspberry Jam, PNut Butter, Apricot Jelly, Vincent, Tabatha, Marmalade, Midnight, Audrey, Marilyn, Sinatra and Humphrey. We also have about twenty-five birds. I'm not listing their names. Suffice to say, they are sweet and love it when I sing to them.
5. What is your most precious memory?
Being with my father when he died.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Showing up at school naked. Oh wait, that was just a dream. Phew! Good lord, there are so many embarrassing moments - I'll have to just grab one out of the hat. Okay, here it goes... I was dancing in this show, a glitzy nightclub act, and someone spilled a drink on the stage in the exact spot I was supposed to do a full-on leg extension - a high-over-the-head kick. Needless to say, I slipped and fell right on my bum in front of about 200 people. That was pretty embarrassing as I recall.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Eating. I have no idea. I'm certain that I'm completely unemployable at this stage of my life, what, with the looks I get when I speak and all. I really don't know what I'd be doing. Maybe I'd still be an accountant. I was once an accountant long ago in a land far, far away in another galaxy.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
It's funny you should have this in here. My husband thinks I'm crazy because I've been planning my own funeral for about six months now. I want to have the perfect party so that people just kind of forget why they're there. So, it's going to be fabulous. I'll put you on the guest list. Okay, here's my obit:
Susan Wingate, leaves this world for the great beyond at age eighty-eight. She also leaves many cat boxes behind. She is survived by Tweedle and Dee and Tweedle and Dum, her twin cats and twin dogs. And, we mustn't forget Tweedy the cockatiel. Because of her illustrious writing career, her country home (on Peter Pond) is set to be transformed into a writers' colony. Only animal-lovers need apply. They have much work to doo doo.
Susan will be remembered as a writer who wrote, strangely enough, stranger than fiction not to mention one who put words into other people's mouths with her many plays and scripts. Her agent, who will remain nameless, stated, "I have an empty spot in my heart and an empty slot on my client list." Services will be held in Phoenix and Friday Harbor - red wine and ashes will be served.
Susan Wingate The Writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
It was the year my father died. He was a writer and part of me feels like his soul passed through my body on his way to Heaven.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
Tons. My second novel, "Bobby's Diner," was released on September 1, 2008. I'm very busy with its eTour but also, I've begun my fourth novel and hopefully will sell my third novel within the next couple of months. I'm a feature writer for the AZ Authors Association newsletter and a contributing writer to the emagazine Literary Magic, to mention a couple of sidelines. I'm working on a two screenplays and I hope to write another play for the theatre in the near future. I'm teaching three weekly writing classes this September and four weekly classes starting in April 2009 that will repeat quarterly.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
To keep writing novels, primarily. I love to teach so I hope to spend more time at writer's conferences giving presentations.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
First, I answer my emails and if I'm into a story, I'll edit in the morning and write new material after that. If I'm in-between books, I usually do a lot of self-promotion and publicity. You hear how agents and publishers want to be able to pick up a writer with a platform, well, that's what I work on. I try to increase my reader base, get speaking and teaching jobs, write magazine articles, and write short stories, poems and plays. But, generally, I spend anywhere from ten to twelve hours a day working.
13. Why do you write?
There's nothing else I want to do. I used to love to cook and play around with decorating the house - all creative outlets. But, once I landed on the writing, it was all over. I never looked back and don't regret one day of the heartache and frustration that is inherent to this job.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Jeez! There are so many great writers out there. But, I'd have to say, right now, at this point in my life, I love W. Somerset Maugham. His writing goes to the core of human emotion. I love his conflict - it's never bombs blazing or cars crashing - that surface stuff. His conflict is universal and gut-wrenching, like leaving your family in search of a dream, like taking your spouse into a plague to stop her from cheating, like a little deformed boy losing his mother at age eight and being placed in the home of a cruel uncle. Maugham uses heart-breaking themes that are very plausible.
15. How do you define your writing?
My writing seems to bounce back-and-forth between mainstream and women's fiction. "Bobby's Diner" is what I would categorize as women's fiction but my third novel would be better categorized as mainstream. The themes found in each of my three novels describe that special brand of conflict that arises between a woman and her mother. I think this is a very universal theme, one in which half the people of the world - the women - can relate to.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
She was a great storyteller.
Susan Wingate The Details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
Yes! My website is at http://www.susanwingate.com/ and my blog is http://www.susanwingate.blogspot.com/. I also have information posted on Poets & Writers, Romance Writers of America, Pacific Northwest Writer's Association, Author's Den, Authors & Experts, MySpace and FaceBook, Xing, Ning and a few others that I can't remember now.
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
Yes. They can contact me from any of the above location. It's always nice to hear from people.
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
My first book is a compilation entitled, "Ravings of a Mad Gentlewoman" and it's available through Lulu.com. My second book is my first novel, "Of the Law." You can get "Of the Law" at http://www.ofthelaw.com/ or through Amazon.com. My third book and second novel is called "Bobby's Diner." You can get "Bobby's Diner" through the publisher, ebooksonthe.net (http://www.ebooksonthe.net/), or at the following: Mobipocket, Amazon.com or FictionWise. Oh, you can also get "Bobby's Diner" by connecting through my website at www.susanwingate.com/bobbysdiner.htm.
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
Well, I hope I've created believable characters, detailed settings and juicy conflict. Some people have described my work as gritty and honest.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
Writing is my passion. Reading is my passion. Writers make me smile. I love meeting other writers because we're an odd group and it's nice to sit and talk with others of the same cloth - it kind of feels like experiential therapy!
Thank you, Joyce, for allowing me this time to visit with you. -Sincerely, Susan Wingate.
Susan Wingate's website - http://www.susanwingate.com/
Susan Wingate's blog - http://www.susanwingate.blogspot.com/
For more information about Susan Wingate's virtual book tour and her full schedule at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/08/bobbys-diner-by-susan-wingate.htmlTo order your copy - For more information visit - http://www.ebooksonthe.net/catalog/eBooks_Catalog_NewBooks2.html
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