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After graduating from Harvard University, Susan Wiggs became a math teacher. While working, she started writing her first novel which was published in 1987. She has written numerous romance novels since then including Home Before Dark, A Summer Affair, The Charm School and Candlelight Christmas. She has won three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress. She has written a number of notable series, including; Lakeshore Chronicles and Bella Vista Chronicles. Susan's title, Family Tree, is a New York Times, USA Today, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Publisher Weekly bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Summer at Willow Lake… (more)
The Lost and Found Bookshop 937 copies, 45 reviews
Summer at Willow Lake 895 copies, 26 reviews
Just Breathe 705 copies, 18 reviews
The Winter Lodge 686 copies, 6 reviews
Table for Five 628 copies, 13 reviews
The Apple Orchard 601 copies, 36 reviews
Snowfall at Willow Lake 593 copies, 11 reviews
The Charm School 584 copies, 18 reviews
Summer by the Sea 580 copies, 9 reviews
Dockside 561 copies, 7 reviews
Lakeside Cottage 547 copies, 12 reviews
Fireside 531 copies, 9 reviews
The Oysterville Sewing Circle 489 copies, 23 reviews
The Summer Hideaway 459 copies, 12 reviews
Lakeshore Christmas 450 copies, 13 reviews
The Ocean Between Us 424 copies, 23 reviews
Family Tree 410 copies, 28 reviews
The Beekeeper's Ball 396 copies, 27 reviews
Marrying Daisy Bellamy 370 copies, 8 reviews
The Horsemaster's Daughter 363 copies, 5 reviews
Home Before Dark 358 copies, 8 reviews
Return to Willow Lake 340 copies, 14 reviews
The Firebrand 334 copies, 4 reviews
The Hostage 327 copies, 6 reviews
Map of the Heart 316 copies, 22 reviews
The You I Never Knew 303 copies, 6 reviews
The Mistress 302 copies, 5 reviews
Passing Through Paradise 284 copies, 3 reviews
The Goodbye Quilt 281 copies, 15 reviews
At the King's Command 268 copies, 7 reviews
Halfway to Heaven 262 copies, 4 reviews
Between You and Me 247 copies, 12 reviews
The Lightkeeper 241 copies, 3 reviews
Candlelight Christmas 238 copies, 12 reviews
Starlight on Willow Lake 223 copies, 11 reviews
Enchanted Afternoon 222 copies, 5 reviews
The Maiden's Hand 222 copies, 4 reviews
A Summer Affair 211 copies, 1 review
At the Queen's Summons 207 copies, 4 reviews
The Drifter 192 copies, 4 reviews
Texas Wildflower 172 copies, 1 review
Sugar and Salt 155 copies, 24 reviews
Irish Magic (4-in-1) (Contributor) 140 copies, 1 review
Lord of the Night 123 copies, 1 review
Irish Magic II (4-in-1) (Contributor) 121 copies, 3 reviews
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (Contributor) 120 copies, 19 reviews
The Mistress of Normandy 113 copies, 2 reviews
Miranda 73 copies
The Maiden of Ireland 68 copies, 1 review
Welcome to Beach Town: A Novel 60 copies, 2 reviews
The Raven and the Rose 58 copies, 1 review
The Story of Us 56 copies
The Mist and the Magic 51 copies, 1 review
Briar Rose 34 copies
Kingdom of Gold 30 copies
October Wind 29 copies, 1 review
Winds of Glory 23 copies
The St. James Affair 18 copies, 1 review
More Than Words, Volume 3 (Contributor) 16 copies
Embrace the Day 16 copies
Moonshadow 15 copies
Cinderfella [and] Lady of the Night (Contributor) 12 copies
Island Time 12 copies
The Key Ingredient 11 copies, 2 reviews
Sugar Salt 1 copy
Two of the Deadliest (Contributor) 156 copies, 6 reviews
A Sweet Life [14-in-1] (Contributor) 23 copies
Because I Love Her (Contributor) 14 copies
Cinderfella [Manga] (Original Text) 2 copies
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Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids [I still have this-CL] was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out.

Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain.

Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare—She was wide awake, and there wasn't a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe's way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned—by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open.

Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Warner and Mira Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the literary institution Fields End and the legendary Maui Writers Conference. Her novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress, and is often a finalist for the prestigious award. Her books appear regularly on numerous "Best Of" lists.

Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
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