About Me (and this blog) – Updated 4/18

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Welcome. Feel free to wander around the blog. You’ll find there’s quite a bit going on. For example:


  • I mostly write suspense with twists of psychological horror. I’ve written 2 novels that would be best classified under the realm of suspense/thriller (the third will be coming out this APRIL OR MAY!!) and two books of short horror stories. You can purchase ANY/ALL of my 4 books from this blog. (Go to the My Books section)

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

  • There is also a “Review” area. You’ll find my personal reviews of movies, television shows, podcasts, and the occasional piece of music. Anything goes – from bad movies to the show “Shark Tank”.

  • 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. Everyone deserves their 15 minutes.







Sue Rovens (and friend in back)


About Me

I am an indie suspense writer with two novels currently out in the world. Badfish, my first novel, was published in 2015. Track 9 was published in 2017. I also have two books of short horror stories, In a Corner, Darkly: Volume 1 and Volume 2. All my books are available on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle formats.

My third suspense novel, Buried, is so close to being ready, it’s scary. I’ve seen the cover and just received the interior for my final run-through. I hope to have it available for purchase sometime in either late April or May of 2019.

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 nearly 28 years.

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, and cleaned hotel rooms. (thankfully, not all at once)

When I’m not writing, I’m either running, watching weird movies, lifting weights, herding Noodle (our 6 1/2 year old black cat who currently weighs 19.4 pounds) and our 2-year-old kitty, Monkey, around the house, or hanging out with Charlie, my “partner in crime”.





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)

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

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

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

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

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




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.)




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 (December, 2015)

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



 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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