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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)
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Summer at Willow Lake 845 copies, 24 reviews
The Lost and Found Bookshop 685 copies, 37 reviews
Just Breathe 658 copies, 17 reviews
The Winter Lodge 654 copies, 5 reviews
Table for Five 584 copies, 13 reviews
Snowfall at Willow Lake 557 copies, 10 reviews
The Charm School 545 copies, 16 reviews
The Apple Orchard 537 copies, 33 reviews
Summer by the Sea 536 copies, 9 reviews
Dockside 530 copies, 7 reviews
Fireside 504 copies, 8 reviews
Lakeside Cottage 500 copies, 11 reviews
The Summer Hideaway 428 copies, 11 reviews
Lakeshore Christmas 419 copies, 12 reviews
The Ocean Between Us 401 copies, 22 reviews
The Oysterville Sewing Circle 397 copies, 20 reviews
Family Tree 357 copies, 25 reviews
The Beekeeper's Ball 343 copies, 26 reviews
Marrying Daisy Bellamy 339 copies, 7 reviews
Home Before Dark 339 copies, 8 reviews
The Horsemaster's Daughter 338 copies, 5 reviews
The Firebrand 317 copies, 4 reviews
Return to Willow Lake 310 copies, 13 reviews
The Hostage 305 copies, 5 reviews
The Mistress 283 copies, 5 reviews
The You I Never Knew 282 copies, 6 reviews
Passing Through Paradise 279 copies, 3 reviews
Map of the Heart 279 copies, 22 reviews
The Goodbye Quilt 257 copies, 15 reviews
At the King's Command 251 copies, 6 reviews
Halfway to Heaven 243 copies, 4 reviews
The Lightkeeper 224 copies, 3 reviews
Between You and Me 212 copies, 11 reviews
Candlelight Christmas 209 copies, 12 reviews
Enchanted Afternoon 208 copies, 5 reviews
The Maiden's Hand 206 copies, 2 reviews
A Summer Affair 197 copies, 1 review
Starlight on Willow Lake 193 copies, 11 reviews
At the Queen's Summons 190 copies, 3 reviews
The Drifter 183 copies, 4 reviews
Texas Wildflower 158 copies, 1 review
Irish Magic (4-in-1) (Contributor) 134 copies, 1 review
Irish Magic II (4-in-1) (Contributor) 118 copies, 3 reviews
Lord of the Night 117 copies, 1 review
Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices (Contributor) 113 copies, 19 reviews
The Mistress of Normandy 103 copies, 1 review
Miranda 64 copies
Sugar and Salt 60 copies, 23 reviews
The Maiden of Ireland 56 copies, 1 review
The Raven and the Rose 56 copies, 1 review
The Story of Us 54 copies
The Mist and the Magic 47 copies, 1 review
Briar Rose 31 copies
Kingdom of Gold 29 copies
October Wind 25 copies
Winds of Glory 22 copies
Embrace the Day 15 copies
The St. James Affair 15 copies, 1 review
Moonshadow 14 copies
The Key Ingredient 11 copies, 2 reviews
Cinderfella [and] Lady of the Night (Contributor) 10 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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