The author has worked in public school libraries for over thirty years, most recently in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ms. Kite has been married to the love of her life, Daniel, for over 35 years. They have two children and seven grandchildren and are owned by a bossy cat and an opinionated chiweenie-terrier.
Susan Kite is an Army brat; which means she grew up everywhere. She didn't begin to settle down until her dad did. She earned two degrees at Utah State University, and began dabbling in writing. However, she didn't get serious until her children were grown. Now it is a contagious disease and she doesn't want to be cured!
Her first novel, My House of Dreams was written after several visits to the Mission San Luis Rey. A fantasy short story was included in an anthology published in 2013 called aMUSEing Tales. Another short story won second place in an online contest. A science-fiction novel, The Mendel Experiment, was published in April, 2015 by World Castle Publishing.
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MY HOUSE OF DREAMS
This is a well written, interesting and imaginative historical novel based on true incidents of early California.
In the late 18th century the Spanish colonists expanded the string of coastal missions running the length of California. But no one bothered to ask the Native Americans in residence if it was okay with them.
Two vastly different cultures clash when the priests attempt to Christianize the Indians and turn their way of life upside down. This is the story of a relationship between Noki, an Indian boy with an incredible artistic talent and open mind and Father Antonio Peyri the Franciscan priest full of good ideas and empathy for the natives who was charged with building the mission at San Louis Rey.
The characters are lively and the dialogue sounds like it’s from another time. There are a few antagonists, but most of the players will draw you in and you’ll be glad you met them. 5 stars.
Author of the Sam Jenkins mystery series
THE MENDEL EXPERIMENT
Susan Kite’s opening volume in The Mendel Experiment series does exactly what the first part of any series does. It develops a compelling main character and leaves you wanting to know what happens to her next.
Corree doesn’t know where she is, how she got there or even exactly who she is. She knows she has a family of sorts around her and that life hasn’t always been easy for any of them. As the story progresses, she learns more and more about her origins and the purpose behind her current situation – and it’s not all good news. She gets pushed, pulled, enticed and forced from one uncertain situation to another, all the while gathering insight into her past and developing skills embedded into her being for purposes that are slowly unsheathed chapter by chapter. Kite pulls this off masterfully, daring you to put your bookmark in place instead of forging onward into the tale.
This is a good story with a very good main protagonist. Corree is tough, but she’s also vulnerable and imperfect. She’s not a super-hero or saint. She’s a teenager caught in the middle of a life and death struggle spanning across the stars. Part of her is still a child. Part of her has had to be toughened enough to survive the perils of living in a harsh environment rife with danger.
You will root for Corree. You will fear for her. You will try to talk to her as you read of her sometimes risky behavior. You won’t get enough of her. Lucky for you, the story continues in the second book in the series, Blue Fire.
Tilmer Wright - Author
In The Mendel Experiment Susan Kite has proven herself to be a brilliant storyteller and a master of Science Fiction. She has created Mendel, a fascinating futuristic world, and imbued its story with an original plot. Through the Federation, future humans seek to exploit the desperately needed resources on Mendel because Earth has become a dreadful place to live. But Humans are not able to survive on Mendel so they have created hybrid humans such as the heroine Corree who can live on Mendel and possess unusual powers. The Federation intends to use the Mendelians to mine the rare minerals it needs. One of the strengths of the story is the interesting and well-developed heroine Corree and a host of other solid characters. Corree must figure out how to save her own hybrid people while preventing the looming war between humans and Ologrians, another advanced race who also need Mendel. This is a story that’s hard to put down because it’s full of action and suspense.
If you enjoy Science Fiction, you’ll enjoy The Mendel Experiment.
Sam Bledsoe, author
I seldom read syfy and only attempted this because I knew the author when she was beginning her career. I was blown away at its brilliance. The characters are 3 dimensional and developed. The story flows smoothly with its premise. Humans are given a new chance to become greater than their creators. No matter what shape Corree takes, she is still Coree all the way, lovable, authentic and intelligent. I am eager to read the sequel.
Penina Keen Spinka, author of White Hare's Horses, Dream Weaver, Hidden in Mist, and others.
I was anxious to read more about Corree and the rest of the cast from the first installment in this series. I was not disappointed.
Kite's story moves quickly, yet coherently, as our young heroine travels among the stars in an effort to preserve a way of life for her family and friends she has grown to love on Mendel. Thrust into her situation by powers at work before she was born, she makes the best of it. She is strong, but not omnipotent. She is smart, but not infallible. Her heart is pure, but she has the same weaknesses as the rest of us. In short, she is a great, rounded-out and believable character. I know I said things like this about this character in some of my comments about the first chapter in this series, but it remains true in Blue Fire and also remains one of the reasons this book (and series) is so likable.
The series is aimed at young adults and the primary protagonists are young teens, but it's an enjoyable read for anyone from middle school onward. There is no profanity at all. There is some peril and violence, but it's tastefully woven into the story and not used as simply a cheap lure. This is a good story and deserves more attention. Highly recommended.
Tilmer Wright ~ Author & Member AGT
This is undoubtedly one of the finest works of Science Fiction I have ever read. Blue Fire is the sequel to Susan Kite’s heralded The Mendel Experiment. The heroine Corree continues her exploits on Mendel and the human space station through several layers of plot with many twists. It’s a story that will intrigue you and keep you guessing as Corree overcomes one challenge after another. The story moves along at a brisk pace and the ending is a masterpiece. I can’t wait for her next book!
Sam Bledsoe, author
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My latest book, Realms of the Cat, is a fantasy for middle grades on up. It will be available on July 23rd through Amazon, Smashwords (it will be half off there), and World Castle Publishers.
Blurb: TB is perfectly happy as a free city cat until he learns he has lived another life in an alternate universe. The human girl in his former family is in danger and TB is assigned to go through an interdimensional portal and protect her. Instead of protecting her, he has made it possible for someone to kidnap her. Now TB must gather a team of cats and dogs to go back through the portal and rescue her. At the same time, he must figure out why all of the city’s dogs are disappearing.
I am very excited about this book!
I did not wait a year and a half this time to write another blog post. This time it's only been six months! I think I might be getting my writing groove back. How did I do that? Not really sure. Simply saying that I have more time isn't the total reason. I have had more time since last May when I retired. Several people told me that retiring and walking out that door isn't the golden bullet that enables you to do all those projects you have dreamed about doing 'when you had time.' They also said it takes a while to settle into your new reality and new schedule.
In my case, the new reality included selling a house and moving halfway across the country, as well as several health issues. Now that we have been in our new home for almost three months, I have a place to do my writing (the sitting room) and a place to work on my illustrations (a local wellness/senior center where they have classes),
and a place to walk when I need to get the kinks out (nice walkway in the community). Not a rigid routine, to put it mildly; many things tend to scream for equal attention, but it's getting there.
Getting in the groove is an individual thing. I suppose there are some who do it quickly and there are those whose life issues don't allow them that opportunity, or become the excuses to never getting that groove. I only hope that I always have at least a small writing groove I can continue to work in, regardless of what my situation is.
I do have to add a plug for NanoWriMo. Their various writing incentives have really helped this time. They do their big project in November, but do a couple of Camp Nano's during the year. I decided to join their April Camp and work on a story idea that had bounced around in my head for several months. With a Nano camp, you can set your own goal and I did--20,000 words. I have 15,000 so far and doing about 1,000 words a day average (don't do Sundays) for the month. I would highly recommend it. I might try the big November one this year now that I have my 'groove' back!
Quick note: Portals has become Realms of the Cat with a contract from my publisher. They will use my illustrations if I can send them in with white background. That is another issue.
Thanks for listening. And speaking of listening, I may get a voice recognition program so that I can't use any health issues as an excuse. Any recommendations?
Decided 'tis the time to blatantly advertise, so I made a You Tube video. I haven't graduated to doing anything fancy, but here is my latest. Let me know what you think. I have pasted the link. Hopefully it will take you right there. I have tried the embed video option, so if one doesn't work, perhaps the other one will?
This was a little Halloween challenge for a party my Etowah Writers group had this past Saturday. Enjoy! Bwa ha ha! sue
Bobo was a bully. He chased the squirrels, harassed rabbits, and thoroughly cowed smaller dogs. His favorite quarry, though, was the neighborhood cats. While the mid-sized mutt seldom caught anything, he would sit under a tree and hurl doggie curses at any cat unlucky enough to have wandered inside his yard. Bobo was known to sit under a tree all night, only leaving long enough to grab a quick bite from his bowl or lap a little water, returning before the luckless cat could shimmy down and escape.
I will be in Oklahoma and Utah for two weeks next month. One of those days includes a book signing in Salt Lake City. This will be the evening of October 10th in Wellers' Books at Trolley Square. I am extremely excited about this. I went to Sam Weller's often during my Utah days (in their old State St. location). They are a very old and established new and used book firm (almost 100 years) and I was thrilled when they extended the invite.
So that is the reason I will not be at the October meeting. See y'all in November! By then I'll know how my novels did in the Flordia Writers Association Royal Palm Literary award competition.
My aplogies for the lateness of the notice, but this interview will be available to listen to online later. I will be interviewed with another author tonight (Friday, Sept. 15th) at 6. I have done this once before and S. Evan Townsend is a wonderful host. I hope you can listen in sometime.
Have a great weekend!
Retirement isn't the only happy news in my life. My new book is coming out next month. The Power Stone of Alogol is the third installment in the Mendel Experiment series. In this one Corree must once again leave her home planet, Mendel. Her creator's nephew is not only trying to interfere on Mendel again, but has created chaos in the Federation itself. Only by infiltrating Jayson Windemere's inner circle disguised as Corin, the elder Windemere's clone, would she be able to figure out what was going on. Her journey takes her not only to Jayson's headquarters but a planet that the renegade scientist and his partners would like nothing better than to destroy along with every other non-human in the Federation. The power stone she found on Alogol will be tested to the limit of her and its abilities.
Here is the pre-order link! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071Z4HKZ3