The Author


A career in writing has been an enormous leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. However, I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. I write every day and have even tried my hand at poetry. So don’t let anyone tell you it’s too late in life to try something different. It is never too late to follow your heart.

THE DEAD GAME SERIES brings fantasy and surrealism to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. In addition, it offers vampires and a touch of romance to spice the motley mix.

MEET ME IN MAINE, the first book in THE BLUE HARBOR SERIES, provides the backdrop for murder, mystery, and romance in a seaside town. Love falters and flourishes as the residents fight the persistent evil plaguing their small-town lives.

Sit back, put up your feet, and let me bring mystery and romance to your lives.



86 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Monch Weller December 26, 2021 / 9:24 pm

    Hello! Many thanks for following The Monching’s Guide!


  2. marianbeaman September 26, 2021 / 9:22 pm

    Hi, Susanne, I am the lucky recipient of a Kindle edition of Meet Me in Maine via your RRBC author booth in September 2021. Huge thanks! ;-D

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist December 12, 2021 / 1:45 pm

      I hope you enjoy it. It has my blood, sweat, and tears.


  3. Ellen Shriner August 23, 2021 / 8:01 pm

    Wow, you’ve really accomplished a lot as a writer! Thanks for taking time to follow WordSisters.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist December 12, 2021 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you. I write daily to keep the words flowing.


  4. Planet Dream Diaries January 20, 2018 / 8:13 am

    Hello Susanne, I should I say peek-a-boo, I remember you? I’m a bit of a ghost from the past at this point. It’s difficult to explain (for now) where or what had taken me away from WP, I’ve tried and tried for near 2 years, but simply couldn’t manage it. With the help of a loving friend I was able to get a post up last night/this morning, that explains in short version where I’d gone off to. While for sure not a post that will make anyone’s heart smile, I giggled (truth), because it’s a bit dark, and I know how you love the dark. 🙂 Grim yes, but i have learned to laugh through 99.99999% of it. Without laughter and gratitude, there is no coping. I’m happy to report that I have (thankfully), not lost my silly. I likely won’t be “back” on WP for some time, It’s still too difficult for me to deal with words, and to concentrate or multitask, but while attempting to look through the reader, which totally scrambled my brain, I came across your name and wanted to stop by before leaving, let you know I had thought of you, let you know that I managed to get something up to let everyone know where I’ve been, and to wish you a happy and healthy, wonderful 2018. Much Love, Kimberly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist January 20, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      I have thought about you. I’ve checked on some of my bloggers like you and found their blogs sitting idle. I hope everything is okay with you. I’m going to read your post. Please keep in touch, Susanne​​

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel October 2, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Hi, Susanne, Thanks for the visit and follow. I’m enjoying what I’ve seen so far on your blog. Happy writing.


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  7. Rivenrod February 28, 2017 / 3:35 am

    Thank you for taking the time to visit Much appreciated.

    I look forward to our next encounter in the meantime may I boldly ask you to take a look at my latest novel, Swell and you will find reviews and information here:



  8. Ryan January 12, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Susanne, I bought the Dead Game!!!!!! I will read it over the next few days and let you know what I think. I appreciate so much you take the time to read my short stories. It is the absolute least I could do!!!!! Big hug.


    • Susanne Leist January 12, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you! I hope you like it. I’ve learned a lot from writing it and from its reviews. I believe my writing has improved over the past three years since it was published. I’m in the middle of book 2, buried in outlines, plots, character arcs, subplots and so on. Hopefully, it will be meaner and leaner than book 1.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Jamie May 30, 2016 / 1:36 am


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    • Susanne Leist June 2, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much for your ideas. I’m going to use your services for my second book in the series. I’m in the middle of writing it. I had re-edited my first book according to my reviews. The publisher had edited it but it needed more polishing. I’m going to use all what I’ve learned in book 2. I’m going to stay off Goodreads. They all say the same thing but with hostility. The one star review I received last week was blacklisted by the group. She only read 20 pages and trashed it. Besides Goodreads’ reviews, my other reviewers have given me good advice.


  10. Jagxs March 14, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    Doña Susanne Leist

    Te he postulado para el premio Versatile Blogger.

    Para reclamarlo sólo debes pasar por mi blog y seguir las instrucciones de mi publicación.



  11. Richard January 19, 2016 / 7:58 am

    Hi Susanne, am I right in thinking we were friends on bookblogs.ning before WordPress? If so, do you know what has happened to the bookblogs.ning website as I haven’t been on it for a while and I tried to get on it today and it has changed to something else…


    • Susanne Leist January 19, 2016 / 2:05 pm

      I’ve never heard of that site. But we could be friends on WordPress. Nice to meet you.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. tony duxbury January 5, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Where did you find that wonderful picture of a leopard that you put on twitter? Is it a book cover? Please let me know.


    • Susanne Leist January 6, 2016 / 1:28 am

      I find many of my pictures on Google and Tumblr. Lately, I’ve been trying to use my own pictures and banners.


    • Susanne Leist August 25, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Nice to meet you. It took seven years to write. It felt good to create something of my own. Keep in touch, Susanne

      Liked by 1 person

  13. simonfalk28 July 25, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Susanne, thanks for the follow. See you on the ‘Press! 🙂


  14. pathbreakingwriter July 9, 2015 / 1:46 am

    Hi, My name is Sharukh Bamboat, one of the hosts of the Cherished Blogfest that you signed up for. I am glad that you decided to participate in it and write about the objects that you cherish in 500 words. I would request you to please put up the ‘Cherished’ blogfest badge on your blog sidebar to help your audience know that you’re participating. If you’ve already done that, kindly ignore it and I thank you for supporting the blogfest. You can also schedule the blog in advance, so that you can visit the other blogs during those three days of the fest. You can interact and make friends with other bloggers through the blogs available on the linky list. Also, please provide me with your email ID, that will help me to communicate with you efficiently about the upcoming blogfest. You can either reply this comment, or email me at –


  15. marjma2014 June 15, 2015 / 3:53 am

    Hi Susanne. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award. Congratulations! Hope you might like to accept, here’s the link if you’d like to: Hi Ramona. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for The Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award. Congratulations! If you’d like to accept here’s the link:


    • Susanne Leist June 15, 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you for the award. I’ve gotten behind in my award presentations. It’s hard to blog, tweet, google, and facebook promotions and also leave time for writing my next book. I’m happy to accept your award and I will present it in the coming weeks.


    • Susanne Leist July 25, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Hi, I just found your comment. I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I had been asked to do a few awards but I fell behind. Promoting my book on social sites have taken up so much of my time when I should be writing the next book in the series. Keep in touch.


    • Susanne Leist July 25, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Hi, I just found your comment. I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I had been asked to do a few awards but I fell behind. Promoting my book on social sites have taken up so much of my time when I should be writing the next book in the series. Keep in touch.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marje @ Kyrosmagica July 26, 2015 / 3:25 am

        That’s ok, I totally understand, blogging, etc, takes up a lot of time. I’m falling behind on writing my second idea too. All the best with your next book. Marje


  16. Susanne Leist March 16, 2015 / 11:06 am

    My parents were Polish. But I don’t know how to speak the language.


  17. Sonia March 11, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Hi Susanne, we would really love to chat with you about getting a preview of your work on @pennedApp – we have 1000’s of readers who may convert to fans! 🙂


  18. Susanne Leist January 23, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Hi, It’s a beautiful idea and I accept your nomination with honor.


  19. Susanne Leist December 9, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    If you write, then you’re an author. Follow your passion. Have a great holiday season, Susanne


      • Angie Mc December 9, 2014 / 12:41 pm

        While I’m not an official author, I’m hoping you and other writers will rub off on me 😀 Hope your week is off to a great start, Susanne!


  20. mbarkersimpson July 13, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    Callum recommended your site and I must say you sold me on the novel from the introduction. I just purchased a copy and can’t wait to read it 🙂


    • Susanne Leist July 13, 2014 / 3:06 pm

      Wow! I’m so happy to hear that. It’s so hard to find readers. Thanks, Susanne


    • Susanne Leist July 11, 2014 / 2:31 pm

      Congratulations! It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it at the end. Keep in touch, Susanne


  21. AnElephantCant June 14, 2014 / 11:35 am

    AnElephantCant think of anything clever to say
    This happens time after time
    But he wants you to know
    That he likes you and so
    He says hello with this silly rhyme


  22. Susanne Leist May 11, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much. I’ve started writing late in life. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed it.


  23. seaangel4444 May 11, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Hi Susanne, I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! You can find out the details on my blog by following this link: Thank you! Cher xo


  24. Susanne Leist May 6, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    I’m honored, Bethanie. I will help you with this. I just received a nomination for a Liebster Award and I have to do this with 11 people. And thanks for purchasing my book.


  25. bethaniehardie May 6, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Hi Susanne,
    I’m back again to ask if I may nominate you for the Writing Process Blog Tour. I have been asked to write a post, & to do so I need to nominate three writers (& then answer three/four questions about my writing).
    As you are one of the first writers I followed on this blog, & one that I still enjoy to read, I was hoping that you might say yes. If you do not wish to write the post, I will still include a link to your blog on mine as I do enjoy your work a lot & would like to help you spread it (I recently purchased The Dead Game so that I can read it once my exams are over!).
    Best wishes,


  26. CrazyGuyinThailand May 2, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    Cool blog


    • Susanne Leist April 28, 2014 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ve never been nominated for an award before. I’m honored.


      • Osharlequin April 28, 2014 / 12:43 pm

        You are most welcome my friend! Well deserved!

        The Oldschool Harlequin


  27. VisitSiena April 7, 2014 / 6:31 am

    thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂 have a happy week!


  28. JMC813 March 30, 2014 / 7:04 am

    Thank you for the follow Susanne. I appreciate it. You seem to have read a post that might not lead you to believe we have so much in common. I do love to write from the shadows and the darker side quite a bit. Both in poetry and a bit of flash fiction. the line you wrote in one of your poems, “Light the candle
    and see where it leads you.
    Will it take you out of the darkness,
    or lead you further into it”
    I showed that to a friend and they thought it was me. So I ask you if you find the time to drop by and read things such as “The girl in the window” and “Bloody Mary” short flash fiction and darker poetry is a really fun thing to me. Drop in any time and I look forward to sharing the shadows with you. Be well and keep inspiring



    • Susanne Leist March 30, 2014 / 4:05 pm

      I will definitely read your other works. I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful words about my post. Usually when authors quote me, they take my words out of context to criticize my book. A new author could use all the accolades she can get.
      Thanks again and keep in touch,


  29. Mirror of Health & Fashion March 30, 2014 / 1:13 am

    Thank you so much Susanne for visiting my blog.You have an amazing website here.Have a nice weekend,Krystyna.


  30. andy1076 March 23, 2014 / 11:43 pm

    Hi! Thank you for following my blog 🙂


  31. annascuisine February 27, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    Hello, Susanne! You have an interesting blog. Might need to explore it further.
    Thank you for following my blog and liking my posts. Have a great day!


    • Susanne Leist February 27, 2014 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks so much for reading my words. I’m honored.


    • Susanne Leist February 26, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      That is really nice of you. It feels good to know that someone is reading my meandering thoughts.


  32. Gede Prama February 20, 2014 / 6:38 am

    Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂


    • Susanne Leist February 20, 2014 / 2:32 pm

      Your blog is very calming and inspiring to me. I’m forever grateful to you.


  33. bejamin4 January 24, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    Good luck on your writing journey. Keep writing!


    • Susanne Leist January 24, 2014 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks. Once I’ve started to blog my book every day, I must continue on until the end. Keep reading, Susanne


  34. AirportsMadeSimple January 14, 2014 / 3:16 am

    Hi Susanne! I’ve never left a comment yet, but I want you to know that I think your take on this is unique. Be true to yourself. Never settle. Keep up the writing.

    I don’t know if you know it, but your profile pic is a little blurry. It may be by design (I’ve had a few crazy peeps in my day, believe me!), but I think people are a little confused because they want to see you. Please don’t take that as mean or a criticism (I’ve got a background in that! My job.). I just want people to see you (or not), whatever you decide.

    Cheers, D


    • Susanne Leist January 14, 2014 / 3:37 am

      Thanks for your comment and following my writing. I don’t usually get comments but just pictures of followers.
      As for my picture, it is the one I have on my computer. It is from my daughter’s wedding. I have it on Facebook and Blogspot and it isn’t blurry there. I have to upload another picture. My blog is: if you want to check it out.
      Keep in touch,


      • AirportsMadeSimple January 14, 2014 / 3:38 am

        No worries, that’s cool. I only said that because someone once told me that, and I was glad they did. I hope you have a great week! Keep up the good writing and blogging! 🙂


      • Susanne Leist February 20, 2014 / 2:31 pm

        I found a better picture for my profile. My daughter made it clearer and cropped it better.
        Thanks for your help,


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