southern secrets southern fictionDear friends,

I miss you! If you haven’t heard from me lately it’s because I’ve been a tad busy. The good news is: I’m having a super-focused and productive year so far.

First of all, my first box set, called Southern Secrets, is out as of this week

It contains my latest novel Temple Secrets and my earlier novel The Secret Sense of Wildflower all in one ebook and at a great price.

Secondly, I hired a wonderful author’s assistant last week to help me finish things faster and more efficiently in my author business. This is quite a leap for me since I was an author assistant myself when I first started out as a writer (20 years ago). So it’s like I’ve come full circle. (Doing the Gratitude Dance!)

I am also working on two novels this year. The first is the sequel to The Secret Sense of Wildflower. It takes place 14 years later and is nearing its final draft. I’ll be handing it off to my First Readers soon.

If you’d like me to send you an email when the sequel is available, sign up here.

I’ve been working on the second novel for over a decade. It’s still in the Top Secret stage. (You know how I love secrets!) The setting is Charleston, SC, the summer of 1964. The civil rights movement has ignited, the Beatles have just put out their first American album, and Bonanza and Bewitched are gracing television screens. I had a lot of fun researching this novel. You’ll be hearing more about this one in 2016.

By the way, if you were alive in 1964, I’d love to hear what you remember about it!

Another secret I’ve been keeping: I have been exchanging email letters with a younger writer here in the mountains of North Carolina. I hope to post these letters on this blog in the next few weeks. I think you’ll enjoy this dynamic exchange between two women at different stages of life searching for their authentic selves through writing.

So that’s my update and why you haven’t heard from me as much, and why I’ve been missing you and wanting to touch base. I’m writing like CRAZY and trying to keep up with the rest of my life, as well. It’s all good. 

Feel free to leave a comment on this post or send me an email and let me know how you are. As always, I love hearing from you. xo


Susan Gabriel is the acclaimed southern author of The Secret Sense of Wildflower (named a Best Book of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews) and other southern novels, including Temple Secrets, Grace, Grits and Ghosts: Southern Short Stories and others. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina and loves secrets.

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