Awards &  Honors

2014 Readers' Favorite Literary Competition - Women's Fiction - Stealing Fire

2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (ABNA) - Quarter-Finalist - Stealing Fire

2007 Children's Moonbeam Book Award - Multi-Cultural Nonfiction - Ray Charles: Find Another Way! 

2008 Beach Book Read Competition - Honorable Mention - Forward to Camelot

2004 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYS)

Visionary Fiction - Finalist - Forward to Camelot

2004 - Arizona Authors Assn. Literary Competition -

Finalist - Forward to Camelot


SUSAN SLOATE is the author of more than 20 published books, including the 2013 bestseller STEALING FIRE, FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (with KEVIN FINN) and REALIZING YOU (with RON DOADES). All 3 novels--different genres, different subjects, different characters--were published within a single 90-day period.

STEALING FIRE was published by Drake Valley Press in August 2013 after being named a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (top 5%). It went to #2 in its category on Amazon in its first 48 hours and was a Hot New Release for its first 90 days. In 2014, it was honored in the Readers' Favorite Literary Competition (Women's Fiction). The newest edition of STEALING FIRE, which introduced Susan's own publishing imprint, Covfefe Press, was published in spring 2018. 

FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a re-edited version of the original 2003 time-travel thriller that became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned for film production by a Hollywood company. The 50th Anniversary Edition contains a new Afterword by the authors. 

​REALIZING YOU, published in September 2013, launched a new genre: the self-help novel, and has received laudatory reviews from both critics and readers.

Susan has also written 17 published young-adult fiction and nonfiction books, two produced stage plays and two optioned film works. In 2009, she appeared on The History Channel in a Mystery Quest special on Alcatraz, in support of her book, MYSTERIES UNWRAPPED: THE SECRETS OF ALCATRAZ. Her children's biography of Ray Charles won the silver medal in the 2007 Children's Moonbeam Book Awards competition. 

Susan has managed two recent political campaigns and founded a local authors festival to promote literacy among students. 

She also founded the Writers Workshop in 2014, to bring together actors and directors to work with playwrights of unfinished plays. The staged readings and feedback from all participants results in greater clarity and better finished scripts. Also in 2014, she launched a business to coach authors, one on one, in all aspects of writing, publishing and marketing their work. (See the Coaching for Writers page.)

Susan lives in Mount Pleasant, SC.