A woman from Great Falls is the bestselling author
GREAT FALLS – Susan Bliler of Great Falls has become the bestselling author on the online retail site Amazon.com.
Born and raised in Great Falls, Susan has published 37 novels to date. With most of her stories set in Montana and particularly in the Great Falls area, her stories are inspired by where she has lived her entire life.
Susan says she also draws inspiration for her paranormal romance from her own love of reading, and her love of storytelling began in her childhood during her college years.
“We grew up pretty poor and couldn’t afford gifts for other people, so I wrote stories for my mom and sister,” Susan said. “My sister, I have a twin sister, and she’s the one who probably introduced me to writing. We always shared a room and she would lay on the bed next to me and she couldn’t sleep, so she would say, “Tell me a story, tell me a dream”, so I would tell her a little story and I would get tired and say, ‘OK, now catch up with the rest’, and I would go to bed, and then the next night she would say ‘Tell me a little more about this story’. “
After writing her first novel, she submitted her manuscript to editors and was told there was no audience for her stories. “I waited and waited, and the editors got back to me and told me they didn’t think there would be an audience for my type of writing, which I didn’t believe because I am the audience, I read a paranormal romance, so, well, they’re wrong. But you know, what are you doing at that time? “
Her sister pushed her to try a self-publishing service and found a way to publish her books with Amazon: how to do that, ”so she did some research and she found Amazon. She said to me, “There is this place, you can self-publish your own books”, and I was like “OK!
Susan continued, “So she learned to do Photoshop and did the cover for me, and I went to Amazon and figured out how to self-publish, and self-published my first book, Territory, and she asked me, “What is your goal, what would make you feel successful?” And I said, “If I could sell 300 copies of this book, I would feel justified,” and in the first month, we sold 3,000 copies of the book.
Susan then learned the process of publishing her works on her own, and her books quickly rose to the top of Amazon’s best-selling author list.
Susan is expecting the release of her first children’s book soon, and the next book in her Skin walkers The series will be released in July, giving him a total of 39 published books during his nine years of professional writing.
She will be attending the Great Falls Town Center Night Market on Thursday, June 24 from 5:00 p.m. at 9:00 p.m. where fans can have the chance to meet her and purchase some of her books.