About me…

http://www.suecoletta.com/I love all things crime, and have always been fascinated by how the criminal mind works. In my books, I offer an honest look behind the crime scene tape. Sometimes it can be frightening; sometimes it can be fascinating. Are you ready to take the ride?

“Riveting and haunting! Sue Coletta’s page-turning crime fiction is deliciously nuanced with delectable horror and dark humor. Unique and compelling characters make a sumptuous and satisfying meal. Save room for a decadent dessert of plot twists.” ~ Jordan Dane, bestselling, critically-acclaimed author of the Ryker Townsend  FBI Profiler series

MARRED, a haunting mystery/serial killer thriller rep’d by Tirgearr Publishing. Available in paperback and digital formats.

WingsOfMayhemWings of Mayhem, a psychological thriller rep’d by Crossroad Press/Gordian Knot Books, is available at all online retailers. Wholesalers can find Wings of Mayhem through Ingram.

Save 15% off the paperback by ordering direct from Crossroad.

Larry Brooks rates Wings of Mayhem 5-stars!

To read the full review go to the home page or check it out on Amazon.

In the past I wrote children’s books — more than I can count. Not for publication, but for friends’ children to enjoy. Now that I have granddaughters of my own I may have to resurrect one or two. Yup, you read that right. I have grandchildren, even at my tender age of…

I write full-time and start each morning relaxing with a good book. When asked, I’m always happy to help other writers, if time permits. After all, I truly believe when one of us succeeds we all do. The writing community is a rare, wonderful, supportive group, and I consider myself blessed to walk among them.

A little background…

During my lifetime I’ve walked with criminals, crooks, notorious biker gangs, lawyers, cops, upstanding citizens, and came way too close to death on more than one occasion, all of which helps me create believable well-rounded characters for my books.


Animals should be loved, cared for, admired, and cherished. They are family, and should be treated as such. Mistreatment of any kind should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Nuff said.


Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is always searching for new ways to commit murder…on RUNthe page. She’s the Amazon Top 1o bestselling author of Wings of Mayhem, MARRED, The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters. A multi-published crime writer in numerous anthologies, including Murder, USA, A Crime Fiction Tour of the Nation (Grab your FREE copy HERE), One Hundred Voices (use the discount code: 100V91), and an exciting new short story collection, RUN, that releases Oct. 31, 2016. Sue’s also published forensics articles in InSinC Quarterly and flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, to name a few.

In addition to running a popular crime website/blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, both groups founded by homicide detective (Ret.) and cold case expert, Joe Giacolone. And she’s the founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter (more about the chat below). To learn more about Sue and her books, or to read the first chapter of her crime novels, go to Marred and/or Wings of Mayhem under “My Books” in the toolbar.


In addition to this blog, I’m the co-administrator/contributor of an authors’ blog, The Book Stops Here, with twenty-four trad-pubbed authors. And I’m the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science.

I’ve been happily married to a wonderful man for nearly twenty years. We live in rural New Hampshire with our dog. Or rather, our dog allows us to live with him. For a peek at our life read A Glorious Summer Day – Not. Update: Sadly, our fur-baby passed away, but I leave this up as a reminder of the joy he brought to lives.


Join us on Blog Talk Radio! “Partners In Crime,” airs every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST. This has been a labor of love and an exciting new venture with my dearest friend and co-host, Author Kim McGath, homicide detective (Ret.) and cold case consultant. Learn more about Partners In Crime in the menu bar. Catch the replay to previous shows, or watch it on my YouTube channel. Subscribe and be the first to know what goodies I upload, including research trips for my books.

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Random thoughts…

There’s no better feeling than being sucked into a good book, transported to a different time and/or place, and meeting new friends you can root for. I love when characters come to life on the page and when a book leaves you wanting more. If an author can make us miss their characters long after we finish reading, they’ve done their job well.

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Never let go of your dreams.

I’m a firm believer in dreams. Hold tight to them. And don’t be afraid to dream big. If you want it bad enough, you will succeed. I’m rooting for you!

I try to learn something new each day.  There are many ways to learn. By reading blogs/websites, online classes, conferences, groups, and speaking with strangers on the street, especially the elderly.  Elderly folks have wonderful, sometimes tragic, stories to tell.  Often times they just want someone to listen. Lend an ear. You’ll make their day.

You can also gain knowledge from searching the internet for specific questions.  Please be careful if you choose this route; there’s an equal amount of terrible advice out there. In my Crime Writer’s Resource, which you can find by clicking the title or the link in the menu bar — for all genres now — I’ve included credible sources where you’ll find outstanding advice from bestselling authors, crime experts, and/or writers who specialize in craft.

Sue Coletta storiesI couldn’t do my job if it weren’t for my police/coroner/firearm/profiler consultants/friends. Of which, I have many. Join us every other Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST on Twitter for #ACrimeChat, where you can ask experts any question you’d like to help your story ring true.

For the topic of the week, follow the hashtag #ACrimeChat. Chats run about an hour. Consider this your inside access to a personal consultant. UPDATE: During the busiest time of year in the book world, roughly Sept. to March, we meet every other week. Off season the chat is available every Wednesday. Can’t join us live? No problem. Each week I post a recap, which you can find under the hashtag.

Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and International Thriller Writers offer many valuable resources. Highly recommend all three organizations.

Humans are fascinating creatures, all with separate views and beliefs.  If we take the time to listen, we will always end up stronger for it.

I post on weekends, usually, (depending on how much research is involved) and if time permits, I might post something special during the week (it’s rare, though). If you’re interested in guest posting, shoot me an email: sue(at)suecoletta(dot)com, or fill out the contact form on the home page. Keep in mind this is a resource blog. I don’t do book promos. Sorry.

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Two of my favorite things combined into one.

Let’s connect.

The red social media buttons above my profile pic are some of the places you can find me online.

Feel free to browse the site and tell me what you think. Otherwise it feels like I’m talking to myself.

Have a great day, and God bless.

~ Sue





  1. I have a scene in my script, where a hacker stole the identity of an FBI agent. The hacker broke into the FED bank using the agent’s IP address. The FBI, along with Homeland Security got word from the Fed that the hacker trace went back to the agent’s computer.

    How do I write in my script the scene where they come to her house and take her into custody? Do they arrest her, or just simply tell her she has to be brought in for questioning.


    • Hi Harry. Sorry for the delay. I’m working on edits for one sequel while trying to finish another. First, you need a logical way for them to trace her hack. A skilled hacker knows to hide, especially if they’re brazen enough to frame an FBI agent (I write about hackers too, in my Mayhem series).

      Absolutely, they’d arrest her. In effect, she’s been framing an FBI agent. Course, technically, it’d be a conflict of interest for the specific agent whose IP address she stole to be on scene. Jurisdiction is clear. FED insured banks are controlled by FBI, so you’re good there. If it were me, I’d have a different team arrest her, then once she’s on their turf, so to speak, the scorned agent tries to get involved. You’d have ample opportunity for conflict that way.

      Hope this helps!

      • I’m a bit confused by your answer, especially by paragraph two. Here is the story in a nutshell. Robin is the main character. She works for the Cyber division. She tracks down hackers. It’s sort of like Untraceable. One day, one hacker, she put away four years ago, gets off early. He wants revenge, so he uses hacker software to find and steal Robin’s IP address. He creates a file and stores Robin’s IP in it. He then hacks into the FED and uploads that file, while stealing 2 million. Then when the FED checks the file, they find the IP and trace it to Robin’s computer. My question is, does the FBI come to arrest her, as she is one of them, or do they have the local police arrest her on suspicion of hacking the Fed. Also, is it realistic to give Robin three days to find the hacker, as I did in my script?

        • Oh, okay. I misunderstood. Yes, the FBI would arrest her, especially because she’s one of them. They handle all federal crimes, which includes crimes involving FBI employees. A skilled cyber crimes specialist could find a hacker in three days. These days, they have all kinds of tools to trace a hack. Traceroute, for example. Have you ever taken a hacker course? They have free ones all over the web. Might be a good idea since your main character works with cyber crimes.

          • Might be a good idea. Do you like my idea? Do you think it has merit? What about this idea? Robin is a computer programmer, whose father was killed because he uncovered corruption at the company he worked for. So in turn, she gets revenge on the system, by spying on the company. She gets hurt. She can’t work anymore, so she hacks the company at home. She is caught and told to stop or she and her mother will die.

            I was thinking of doing the hacker story first, and then writing a script about Robin spying on the company. What do you think?

  2. Sue,
    Your blog and website are excellent resources. Thank you.

  3. In my mobile doesn’t appear a pop-up or menu, so when you disconnect the thing from Word Press, I’ll be Out!!!? I don’t want to miss a single letter of what you wrote.


  4. You are so right about so many ways to learn… I am exploring that aspect of life slowly but don’t get much time… Crime thriller? Awesome!

  5. great personality. Criminals are part of our society and they will . We need to know about him and why they do so. By doing this we can provide safe world.

  6. Subscribe me to your blog & page I love mysteries, thrillers, murders, pshycological bends..

    • Hi Eve, I just added you to the blog. You’ll get an email with your info. If you have any problems, let me know. I used the beginning of your email address as your user name.

  7. Hi Sue! Great blog! Landed here via Janice’s blogging tips… I write a blog about life in Greece, but have completed a mystery novel, which is not getting anywhere much with agents so far… I will browse through your blog at leisure, taking in all useful bits of info!

  8. Awesome to connect with you Sue. 🙂

  9. Greetings Sue,

    I came here via the website of Ben Sobieck. I am just one of his readers, and only a hobby-author myself. And not a crime writer at all, except for the roleplaying potential of ‘World of Darkness – Slasher’ maybe.

    I appreciate your comment on animals deserving the right to live in dignity. Really.

    I wish you good luck and all the inspiration you may need.


  10. Doh – just seen your email address!

  11. Hey Sue, how do I contact you as I have this guest blogger post for you?

  12. I’ve just nominated you for the ‘One lovely Blog’ award. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and thought I would send this through to you (o:


  13. My name is Haitham painter of children’s stories and cartoonist and graphic designer newbie

    Search for jobs in the field of children’s stories and drawing the cover of the book, because I have no money with me poor

    I need any work, because I am a very poor

    I live in Egypt
    Possible help to me and I am looking for work in the field of children’s stories drawing

    • I would help you if I could. However, I am not a children’s author. I wrote children’s books years ago. Now I concentrate on crime novels.

      I wish you good luck in your endeavors.

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