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.
Books by Susan Kite
What Readers say
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.
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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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.
His owner’s younger dog remained unscathed only because Billy gave his dog treats to Bobo. For the first year of his life, Billy wondered what a Beggin’ Strip tasted like.
Bobo was king of the heap and fully intended to keep it that way.
One day, to both dogs’ surprise, one of their people came home from a trip with a scruffy, skinny kitten. It was entirely black, with the largest yellow eyes Bobo had ever seen. The tail had a kink at the end, even some of its whiskers were bent.
“Now, Bobo, Billy, meet Phù Thuỷ.” The human female scratched her chin and then smiled. “I think that is what the lady in Ho Chi Minh City called her. But I couldn’t resist this sweet morsel, even with all the red tape. So I expect you two to treat her nicely.” She cradled the kitten as she walked to the bedroom.
“Phooey, eh?” Bobo snickered. “This is going to be fun.”
“I don’t think Mama will like it if you mess with the newest member of the family,” Billy suggested.
Bobo growled and Billy scooted under the couch, where thankfully, Bobo couldn’t follow. The kitten would fit underneath, too. Billy suspected they would get to know each other well.
They did. In the days that followed, Bobo chased the kitten, stole her food, snatched at her tail, and growled at her when she was using her litter box. The kitten did what she could to stay out of the bigger dog’s way, and often ended up under the couch with Billy. She seemed to enjoy the smaller dog’s company, often rubbing up against the chiweenie when he was feeling particularly picked on. She grew larger, her fur growing longer in uneven tufts. Phù Thuỷ’s whiskers still remained bent, maybe because of Bobo’s harassment. Her tail never straightened; her eyes grew larger. Billy thought they were like lanterns.
One night in October, Bobo came around the corner into the kitchen. Phù Thuỷ was getting a drink out of the communal water dish that Bobo claimed was his. With a deep growl, he lunged for the half-grown kitten. Instead of running this time, she faced the oncoming bully. Her back arched, her hissing sounded like a steam locomotive and her yellow eyes got larger, if that was possible. Her fur stood on end and she seemed to grow into something huge and very unkitten-like. Bobo skidded to a stop. Phù Thuỷ spat out her own growls, which sounded much like cursing. She continued growing until the cat was the same size as her enemy. Bobo whined, his tail tucked between his legs, back-peddling away from the now monstrous cat. She spat another curse and Bobo turned and ran. He tried to get under the couch, but he couldn’t fit, so he dashed for his crate in the corner of the bedroom. The door clanged behind him.
Bobo didn’t come out until the next night. Billy got both doggie treats. He munched happily on the couch. Phù Thuỷ joined him, looking like a normal cat.
“How did you do that?” Billy asked.
“Do what?” the young cat asked, licking her paw.
“Scare Bobo like that? You got bigger and said something to him I didn’t understand.”
“Oh, but he understood, though. I don’t think he will do anything to either of us again.”
“Why? What did you say to him?”
“I told him I would turn him into a lizard and eat him.” She winked one yellow eye. “Phù thuỷ means witch in Vietnamese.” She tucked both paws under her chest, closed her eyes, and purred.
Billy stared at her for a moment. Then he smiled.
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