Spider Brains: A Love Story is YA novel that deals with young love, death of parents,and high school confrontations. Susie (Speider) is a nerdy, glasses wearing, saxaphone playing, logophile whose adventures we follow as she turns into "Susi Arachnid" at night.
The Book has been self-published via the small Indie Publisher Roberts Press and is available as eBook and Paperback - released in July 2012 - 191 pages.
About the Book
After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a gnarly teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college, a small black arachnid bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger and sends her nights into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher–a one Ms. Morlson–who, ultimately, holds Susie’s college aspirations in the sweaty palm of her cold calloused hand.
But, after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she ups the ante and visits the teacher regularly but... as the spider.
And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding over there in the corner?
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- "[...] All I can say is WOW! I loved this book! The author authentically captures what I consider to be teen speak, which goes at high speed.Honestly at times I forgot that the book wasn't written by a teen. I must admit it's been several years since I was a teen, but this book had me thinking about those days,when teachers were the bane of my existence,and feeling like a dork was the norm.
With catchy chapter titles and an interesting cast of characters I found this book an un-put-down-able read. [...] Highly recommended! " - Brenda Casto (Top1000 Reviewer Amazon)
- "I enjoyed this book so much! I hope there is a sequel, you will fall in love with this quirky teen that has a fantastic imagination. A must read and book to have in your bookshelf. " - Michele Makinson
- "You think *you* got problems? Suzie Spieder's got a handful: she's got a monster of a teacher, a broken family, and the possibility of romance with the (ick!) weird boy next door. Oh, and did I mention that Suzie turns into a spider at night?
Quirky and engaging, Spider Brains is a fine addition to a YA shelf. It's got some multimedia goodies stashed in the text, too - don't miss them! " -Michael Bellomo
- "Simply put, Susan Wingate is a master of the written word. In SPIDER BRAINS, she weaves a heart-warming tale full of wit and intrigue: a nod to Kafka's Metamorphosis in a quirky blend with The Princess Diaries.[...] Whether or not you're a fan of YA literature, you'll love SPIDER BRAINS. But don't expect anything ordinary! " - Joshua Graham
- "[...] Whether you have a love of arachnids, a love of words, have been through the painful experiene of growing up and maybe even feeling like a spider, or more simply you want to be entertained with a witty book. READ THIS NOVEL!!!! [...]" - Kris Y. (Amazon)
About the Author
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.
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 a career 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 loving it!
Drowning, a contemporary women’s fiction novel, also won 1st place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama. This book 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 at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores around the country. She also loves to visit with book clubs for intimate chats.
Links to the Author and the Book
Link to Susan Wingate's Website
Connect with Susan Wingate via Twitter @susanwingate
Link to the Book Spider Brains: A Love Story with Excerpt on Amazon.com