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, other times fascinating. Are you ready to take the ride?
The Grafton County Series
MARRED, Book 1, haunting mystery/serial killer thriller rep’d by Tirgearr Publishing. Available in paperback and digital formats. Wholesalers can find MARRED on Ingram. Full description and all buy links on HOME page. To read Chapter One go HERE.
CLEAVED, Book 2, chilling psychological thriller/mystery. Available in paperback and digital formats. Wholesalers can find CLEAVED on Ingram. Full description on HOME page. To read Opening Chapter go HERE.
WINGS OF MAYHEM, Book 1, psychological thriller rep’d by Crossroad Press/Gordian Knot Books. Available in paperback and digital formats. Audio coming October, 2017! Wholesalers can find Wings of Mayhem on Ingram.
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BLESSED MAYHEM, Book 2, a chilling psychological thriller — a storyline you won’t soon forget. Available in digital format. Paperback releases August, 2017. Wholesalers can find Blessed Mayhem on Ingram.
Mayhem Series Crossover Novella in Susan Stoker’s Kindle World: Operation Alpha: Special Forces.
#1 Bestseller in Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense!
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FRACTURED LIVES releases in Elle James’ Kindle World: Brotherhood Protectors on Sept. 7, 2017.
Short Story Collections
Look for my story BLACK OUT in RUN.
THE RENDERING is always FREE on Amazon. Available in digit format only.
Look for my story BETRAYED in One Hundred Voices, Volume 1. Before you buy, use the discount code on the HOME page and in side-bar. Available in paperback, hardcover, and digit formats from Centum Press.
Available in digit formats. Paperback coming soon! Look inside 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters on Amazon.
Available in digit formats. Paperback coming soon! Look inside Crime Writer’s Research on Amazon. Get it FREE for joining my community (top floating bar).
Boxed set of both research guides coming soon!
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 Not for publication, but for friends’ children to enjoy.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 to 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.
Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is an award-winning, multi-published author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue co-hosts the radio show “Partners In Crime” on Writestream Radio Network every third Tuesday of the month from 1 – 3 p.m. EDT/EST (see details at www.suecoletta.com). She’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.
2017 Award-winner of Feedspot’s Top 50 Crime Blogs (Murder Blog sits at #6), she shares crime tips, police jargon, the mind of serial killers, and anything and everything in between. If you search her archives, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime.
For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender and mystery puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, everyone has a lot of fun.
Sue lives in northern New Hampshire with her husband, who deals with a crazy crime writer feeding circus peanuts to crows named Poe and Edgar, a squirrel named Shawnee (the Marilyn Monroe of squirrels, with her silky strawberry blonde tail), and a chipmunk dubbed Hippy for his enthusiasm and excited leaps each time he scores a peanut. No way isn’t he shouting with glee, “Hip, hip, hooray!”
Available for speaking engagements, book signings, reading, and events.
A multi-published crime writer in numerous anthologies, including Murder, USA, A Crime Fiction Tour of the Nation (Grab your FREE copy HERE), Sue’s forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, among others.
2017 winner of Feedspot’s Top 50 Crime Blogs (Murder Blog sits at #6), 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 read excerpts of her crime novels, go to “My Books” in the toolbar.
In addition to this blog, Sue’s the co-administrator/contributor of an authors’ blog, The Book Stops Here, with twenty-four trad-pubbed authors.
Want a peek into Sue’s 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. A labor of love and an exciting new venture with a dear 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 Sue’s YouTube channel. Subscribe and be the first to know what goodies she uploads, including research trips for future books!
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.
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.
I 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. Currently on summer hiatus.
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.
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.
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.