Spider Brains: A Love Story (Book One) (33 page)

Due to the difficulties in extracting and processing substantial amounts of spider silk, there is currently only one known piece of
made of spider silk, an 11-by-4-foot (3.4 by 1.2 m) textile with a
tint made in
in 2009. 82 people worked for four years to collect over one million
golden orb spiders
and extract silk from them.

Pretty cool, huh?



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SUSAN WINGATE, #1 Amazon Bestseller for
 DROWNING also won the 
2011 Forward National Literature Award
 for Drama.

Susan is best known for her award-winning
Bobby’s Diner Series
. BOBBY’S DINER reached bestseller status nabbing the #5 spot on Fictionwise.com in 2008. A vibrant public speaker, Susan often presents inspirational and motivational talks about the craft of writing, marketing, and how to survive in this extremely volatile Publishing industry.

If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to live… I’d type a little faster.” — Isaac Asimov.

has written ten novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her latest 2011 novel 
  (contemporary women’s fiction), won 1st place in the 
2011 Forward National Literature Award
 and also won a finalist award for the category of Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit in the 
2011 International Book Awards
. A vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile (e-)Publishing industry. She presents these lectures for private groups and at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores around the country.

Susan's Favorite Quote:
“If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to live… I’d type a little faster.” — Isaac Asimov.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona to James & Amie Ajamie (a writer and an artist, respectively), Susan tried to fly, at age five, off the roof of their family house using only newspaper, wire hangers and scotch tape. She’s been dreaming of flying ever since. Oh, by the way, she never jumped. Her mother ran out in the nick of time to stop her from take-off. Instead, she stuck to dance lessons with solid ground beneath her feet.

In high school, Susan became involved in acting when she joined the drama club. And, at seventeen, she went on a 2-month acting tour with an acting troupe called The Robinhood Players. At nineteen, she taught aerobics, waitressed and bartended. Susan graduated from AZ State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.


I know.

Anyway, three years later, she moved from Phoenix to an island off the Washington State coast to concentrate on her writing. However, to support herself, she opened up a bed & breakfast and for three years ran it but closed doors soon after September 11, 2001. (There’s a story behind that as well!)

And, still, her focus remained on writing.

It was after she got noticed by award-winning, international bestselling author, 
Michael Collins
 that she began to think she could actually make it in the publishing industry as an author. For two years Collins mentored Susan. It was upon completion of her first novel that they happily parted ways in their tutelage.

And, that’s where she is today–still writing daily and getting published.

Oh, she also draws and paints abstracts using oil as her favored medium.

Location? Not too far from Seattle on a little spit of an island with her husband, Bob, Robert & Rocky (their dogs), 14 cats, 14 birds, a fistful of raccoons, a small herd of deer, two sneaky foxes, an unkindness of ravens, a murder of crows and a covey of quail!

and, this is a photo of their cozy home.



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