About Me (and this blog) – Updated 10/20

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Feel free to wander around the blog.


  • I mostly write suspense with twists of psychological horror. I’ve written 3 novels that would be best classified under the realm of suspense/thriller and two books of short horror stories. You can purchase ANY/ALL of my 5 books from this blog. (Go to the My Books section on the front/main page)

  • If you “follow me” you’ll get a Bloggy Update about once every ten to fourteen days. I hate spam too, so rest assure that I won’t inundate your box with “ads” or anything else you may find annoying.

  • If you dig music, check out The Flip Side, a section dedicated to all things music-related. And if art/artists are more your thing, hop on over to the Spotlight section.

  • I have dedicated a section of this blog to Author Interviews. As long as someone has published their work and it is out in the world for others to enjoy, learn from, or experience in some way, they are free to be a part of my Meet & Greet. I welcome ALL genres and all professional levels.



Sue Rovens (and friend in back)

About Me

I am an indie suspense writer with three novels currently out in the world. Badfish is my first, Track 9 is my “middle child”, and Buried is the newest, having come out in April 2019. I also have two books of short horror stories, In a Corner, Darkly: Volumes 1 & 2. All are available on Kindle.

I’m deep into revision #3 of Rage. So far, chapters 1 – 14 are finished. I’m going slow, doing more re-writing, but it’ll be worth it when it’s done.

I wish I could say that I write full-time (for a living). Instead, to pay the bills, I work at Illinois State University as the Stacks Maintenance Manager in Milner Library. I’ve been with ISU for over 29 years. I’m officially retiring on the last day of February, 2021. That will mark 30 years. I have started counting how many “work days” are left – as of today – 85.

I have a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Recreation (and a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication) from ISU. At one time, long ago, I held an EMT-B certification. I’ve worked briefly in radio, delivered pizza, sold vacuums over the phone, waited tables, and cleaned hotel rooms. (thankfully, not all at once)

When I’m not writing, I’m either running, watching weird movies, lifting weights, learning to play the french horn (I know 7 notes already), snuggling with Noodle, our 9 year old black kitty who weighs 19.4 pounds, or tripping over our 4 year old kitty, Monkey. Fall is my favorite time of year – spooky things, colder weather, and gourds. How can you go wrong?



Chicago’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Barnes & Noble, Rockford, Illinois. Book Festival. (2013)

ChambanaCon, Normal, Illinois (Dealer and Writers Panel) (2015)

Princeton Public Library (Illinois) Author Book Fair (2016, 2017, 2018)

Books 2 Benefit Writers Panel, Normal, Illinois (2017)

Duncan Manor Blues Bender, Towanda, Illinois (2017)

Bloomington Public Library Author Fest, Bloomington, Illinois (2017, 2018, 2019)

Duncan Manor Spring Open House, Towanda, Illinois (2018)

Cogs & Corsets: A Steampunk Happening, Bloomington, Illinois (2018, 2019)

Spirits of the Past: A Haunted History Tour – Duncan Manor, Towanda, Illinois (2018, 2019)

Local Author Book Signing – The Book Nook, Peoria, Illinois (2018)

Barrington Area Public Library – Author Fair – Barrington, Illinois (2019)

J. Jill Author Weekend – The Shoppes at College Hills – Normal, Illinois (2019)

Duncan Manor Derby Days, Towanda, Illinois (2019)

Wheaton Haunted Flea Market, Wheaton, Illinois (2019)

Peoria Book Fest, Peoria, Illinois (2019)

Sugar 4 Spice Author Event For MarcFirst, Bloomington, Illinois (2020)



Machinations Into Madness E-Zine (2014)

The Grim Seer Society (2016)

Flash Fiction Story, Harvest Time, published by Unscooped Bagel (2016)

Film Adaptation of “Coming Over” (Southern Illinois University Cinema Dept.)

Article for ALLi – Book Promotion & Marketing – “Planning for a Successful Book Fair” (May, 2019)

Contributing Author to Golden Linings II: More Tiny Tales about Pets, for Pets – edited by Carol M. Ford (https://www.goldenlinings.carolmford.com/) (2019).

Contributing Author to Creation of Chaos: Volume 2 (12 ways to make you die) – by Pete Altieri. Blunt Force Press (2019).

Film Credits

Executive Producer – Indie Film “Let’s Do Things That Make Us Happy” (2020/2021)


Writing Workshops – Books 2 Benefit – Speaker/Co-Organizer (2018)

Tales of Terror: Live! – Special Event – nightshop in Bloomington (2018)


Interviews (other than websites and blogs)

Cabin 7 Radio, Steger, Illinois (2013)

WGLT (89.1FM), Normal, Illinois (2015, 2019)

In Print Radio (WBOM Radio), Rockford, Illinois (2017)

The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois (October, 2018)

Special Reviews from Trade Magazines

Publisher’s Weekly – Starred Review for Track 9 – May 14, 2018 Link Here

Publisher’s Weekly – Review for Buried – September/October, 2019Link Here


Current Member of:

 -The Chicago Writers Association

 -ALLi – Alliance of Independent Authors

I am available for book signings, speaking engagements, or author events.

Please feel free to contact me at srovens@yahoo.com

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