The Writers Road

A journal of my trip.

A Writer’s Conference of Great Distinction on Whidbey Island

Writer pal Susan Wingate is also a teacher of the craft of writing. I hope, myself, to soon be a student and improve my writing. I’ve found that at or after a certain point you really do need help from someone with more developed skill and a trained eye. Take a look at this and follow Susan too.



A Writer’s Conference of Great Distinction on Whidbey Island.

October 13, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

New Cover Reveal for “The Deer Effect”

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

I think I lovethis re-do on the cover. This is the final. Whatcha think?

You can read the first 19 chapters of this story onWattpad.

If you like the beginning of this story, please tell your friends! I need some new shoes… in all colors. :)

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September 28, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

9 Weeks Until the Release date Makes for 9 Free Chapters of “The Deer Effect” – A Novel of Loss & Hope

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

I began writing THE DEER EFFECT because of a dead fawn I spotted one day as I walked my dog on a regular jaunt around our neighborhood. It broke my heart to see its little body. Sometimes beauty is broken by cruelties.

We live on an island and take walks past two lolling curves to a stretch of road that gives spectacular beauty–a view of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. From that point, we can see where the upper tip of the Olympic peninsula and the lower tip of Vancouver Island meet. It looks like you could walk across the water to get from one to the other. But the view is gorgeous out there. It’s also gorgeous inland where we walk around acres of field where a herd of fat milk cows graze with deer on tall Timothy grass and where poplars bend yellow in the breeze and where the yellow of…

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September 6, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

A Start, A Stop–A Thriller

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

Here’s a piece that I began over a year ago, a start to a thriller. Since a year’s passing, several other paying projects came up and I had to abandon this story–but only for a little while. After the holidays I intend to pick it up again and continue its writing. Hope you enjoy this start. 

THE HUNGER EATER by Susan Wingate


Her hand throbbed. A bloody smudge curdled like wet coal in the dark on the keyboard. The blood came from a quick slice of broken glass on her right index finger.

Bella Banning gasped when a sudden flock of Canada geese burst through the moonlit fog, past her open window. They held a strict stealth jet formation.

The dog’s slumbered breathing soothed her. She needed soothing. The place looked bad with the dead guy lying on the floor. And next to her pot of trailing nasturtiums? Terrible. The place looked…

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August 15, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 2 Comments

Novel Excerpt: Chapter Five, “A Sadder Season” by Susan Wingate

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CHAPTER FIVE of “A Sadder Season” by Susan Wingate

Jay’s Story

The thought of “for better or for worse” didn’t comfort Jay. Clothing heaped around the washer and dryer in dirty but separated piles. A sudden flash of anger shot through him. Everything lately angered him—if the sun rose in the morning, if it set, if birds chirped by the window, if they flitted off.

“Be nice to get this laundry done,” he wanted to start a fight. His voice broke the morning quiet but she didn’t respond. He huffed around in the laundry room. He slammed the dryer door and hauled out a load of clothing of darks, whites and everything in-between. This was Meg’s job. His mood tanked and he opened and closed the dryer door harder this time. He knew Meg was running on neutral, that she was barely making it. Her engine had all but stopped and here he…

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August 6, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

Novel Excerpt, Chapter Two – A Sadder Season by Susan Wingate

Novel Excerpt, Chapter Two – A Sadder Season by Susan Wingate.

July 7, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 1 Comment

…and then life happened…

Hi All,

I wanted to post a note to you since it appears I have not made an official post here in a long time, though most of you know I am active in social and other media. Also, and unless you’ve had a similar experience in your personal life, like I am right now, then you might not understand just how much a family tragedy, an ongoing one, can affect your drive to write. Not to mention time management and stress levels. I really never understood, and have so much more compassion for people in like circumstances now, just how full scope the giant wrench of life can do damage.  Anyway, I still find the need and desire to write and  think I’m coming to grips with my situation and may be scribbling and editing soon.

Book Country and a few other peer review type sites will be taking a look at my first effort in fiction and hopefully I’m not too far behind the eight ball. We’ll see but either way I am realistic as I go forward with my WIP with great determination to see it published. So that’s it for the moment, I will see you on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget I’m also @danielaudet on Twitter.



Love you, Daniel

April 21, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

April’s Newsletter Has Super Hero Abilities

Originally posted on Susan Wingate Amazon Bestselling Author of Thriller Novels and Family Drama:

TargetHero After searching for years, I finally found an online newsletter provider that I like. This one is from . TargetHero provides unlimited sending and up to 5,000 free contacts.

And, although the “free”-ness ends if you want zero ads showing up in your emails, you don’t really notice the free option ads because they fall down at the bottom your the email and look like any other newsletter you get through your email.

Plus, the little hero dude is pretty cute. Don’t you think?

If you’re at all interested in this product, CLICK HERE to view my latest newsletter. I chose a very simple, classic design that looks unobtrusive and is light but shows my brand well. I like this new, uncluttered look.

What do you think? Any feedback will be assimilated, masticated and discussed ad nauseam within the publicity department, who (by the way) rocks! I love you guys!


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April 13, 2014 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | Leave a comment

Hey ALL….

Hi everyone…..

I wanted to post another little update and mention a couple things. I’m trying to finish and initiate the promo campaign for my latest song, which isn’t country this time, but a pop-dance tune. It’s a themed shaker with an old, old dance beat with modern dance club spin. Part of the proceeds will go to two human trafic rescue groups that I believe in, the rest goes to the many people who need to get paid for production and performance. Hopefully it will earn enough to get my own abused kids shelter off the ground.

Also, I’m on a break from my action/adventure thriller “To Hunt the Hunter” so I can start edit #3 with fresh eyes and mind. In the meantime I’m looking for beta-readers to look this thing over. Believe me when I tell you I am under no delusions my work is better than it is however I think I have the makings of what could be a good book and hopefully the start of a series. I will be starting book 2 and a stand-alone soon beach story about coming home, dope smuggling and love.

I don’t know about you but the last few months for me have been exhausting, seriously tiring. Drama at home and the struggle to complete and birth to the world two major efforts have me weary, mentally and physically, sometimes even bummed out when I think about the odds of success. Fearless when it comes to this kind of thing I still, sometimes am overwhelmed by doubt. Ego and attitude can only get a person so far when they’re also a reality freak.

Anyway, I just wanted to touch base and say Hi and urge you all to keep plowing the field and pray for rain.

… know where to find me….


April 20, 2012 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 7 Comments

#amediting ……..

Hashtags are good, re-writing is good, and that’s what I’m doing. I took a couple of days off before I go back for round three with the book so I can do a little networking and hooking up with people I’ve been neglecting for a few weeks. Plus, I’m in search of a beta reader or critique group to look this thing over, or at least a few chapters anyway. I would LOVE to just hand it over to Kirkus, but I don’t have four thousand dollars, so……
I have to say, I get a little nervous thinking about someone looking this thing over to check for stuff, but I’m confident it’s worth doing, finishing that is. Anyway, I wanted to check in with you all and say Hi and hope everyone is writing and paying their electric bills….

see you on Twitter,

April 16, 2012 Posted by | The Writers Road Blog | 3 Comments


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