Susan DeFreitas

“One of 25 Oregon Writers Every Oregonian Must Read”
The Oregonian

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Hot Season

Winner of a 2017 Gold IPPY Award.

“Earth-shatteringly good.”
—Read It Forward

“A stunning book.”
—Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted

“Fucking fantastic.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

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City of Weird

Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines.

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Susan DeFreitas has never been able to choose between fantasy and reality, so she lives and writes in both. Born and raised in rural west Michigan, she spent fourteen years in the high country of Arizona before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2009. An award-winning author and editor, her work has been featured in over 30 magazines, journals, and anthologies. She enjoys mysterious books, strange weather, thinking machines, and sketchy characters.

She writes science fiction under SDeFreitas Timmons.


Books Are Magic! Friends are magic! Reviews are magic too!

One review, maybe more than any other (because it was the first), helped to make my debut novel a success. Now I’m joining forces with two other authors featured in the same article (“Auspicious Debuts: 7 Excellent, (Mostly) Recent Debuts“) for a reading at author Emma Straub’s new Brooklyn indie, Books Are Magic.
FB event page here.

Will you be in town for the melee of booksellers, librarians, and authors that is BEA? Send me an email (or Tweet: @manzanitafire)! I’d love to connect with you.
I’m thrilled to be hitting the publishing capital of the US to receive the award from the Independent Publisher’s Association for Best Fiction of the Mountain-West 2017.
I’ll be reading with two other members of my writers group, The Guttery, who have new books out: Tracy Manaster, author of The Done Thing, and Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, author of Froelich’s Ladder.
It’s Hot Season in SW Portland–looking forward to reading at one of my favorite local indies, Annie Bloom’s in Multnomah Village.

Event link to come.

I’m finally in town for a City of Weird reading! These 30 speculative tales set in Portland include some of my fave short stories of 2016, and I’m thrilled to read from mine “The Mind-Body Problem.
Event link to come.
7–8 pm–I’ll be reading from my debut novel, Hot Season, answering questions, and signing books. (FB event page coming soon.)
I’ll be part of a panel of Indigo editors featured at the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Publishing University Conference in downtown Portland.
7:00 pm–I’ll be presenting a talk for the Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers entitled “Crowdfunding for Authors,” drawing from both my own experiences as an author and that of my editing clients. Bring your questions!

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