SUSAN SLOATE is the author of more than 20 published books, including the 2013 bestseller STEALING FIRE, FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (with KEVIN FINN) and REALIZING YOU (with RON DOADES). All 3 novels--different genres, different subjects, different characters--were originally published within a single 90-day period.
STEALING FIRE was originally published by Drake Valley Press in 2013 after being named a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (top 5%). It went to #2 in its category on Amazon in its first 48 hours and was a Hot New Release for its first 90 days. In 2014, it was honored in the Readers' Favorite Literary Competition (Women's Fiction). The newest edition of STEALING FIRE, which introduced Susan's own publishing imprint, Covfefe Press, was published in spring 2018.
FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a re-edited version of the original 2003 time-travel thriller that became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned for film production by a Hollywood company. The 50th Anniversary Edition contains updated historical information and a new Afterword by the authors.
REALIZING YOU, published in September 2013, launched a new genre: the self-help novel, and has received laudatory reviews from both critics and readers.
Susan has also written 17 published young-adult fiction and nonfiction books, two produced stage plays (which she co-directed in their world-premiere performances) and two optioned film works. In 2009, she appeared on The History Channel in a Mystery Quest special on Alcatraz, in support of her book, MYSTERIES UNWRAPPED: THE SECRETS OF ALCATRAZ. Her children's biography, RAY CHARLES: FIND ANOTHER WAY! won the silver medal in the 2007 Children's Moonbeam Book Awards competition.
Susan has managed two recent political campaigns and founded a local authors festival in 2007 to promote literacy among students in local schools. She also founded the Writers Workshop in 2014, to bring together actors and directors to work with playwrights of unfinished plays. The staged readings and direct, candid feedback from all participants results in greater clarity and better finished scripts. She also undertook, in 2019, to finish three major book projects. As of this writing, two out of three are completed; the third is in the final stages.
She launched a business in 2015 to coach authors, one on one, in all aspects of writing, publishing and marketing their work. (See the Additional Services page.) Her latest project is the TALK JAM podcast, which she co-hosts with fellow best-selling author Kelly Fitzgerald Fowler. It's available on Buzzsprout, Stitcher and iTunes.
She has appeared in multiple volumes of WHO'S WHO, including WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICAN WOMEN, WHO'S WHO IN ENTERTAINMENT, and WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA,, and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 from the Marquis Company for her consistency in being chosen as an honoree.
Susan lives outside Charleston, SC.