Susan DeFreitas is creating fiction
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patrons

$196
per month
Author seeks reader for long-term (open) relationship! Must enjoy:

  • literary fiction
  • speculative fiction
  • fiction that's sort of in between
  • the great outdoors 
  • the great indoors
  • complex characters 
  • a strong sense of place

My debut novel, HOT SEASON, helped me find my tribe: smart people who care about the natural world; down-to-earth idealists; travelers of the road less taken; dreamers, makers, and agitators. Now I'm extending that circle with a collection of short fiction entitled DREAM STUDIES: stories that blur the line between literary fiction and fantasy; stories that tackle race, class, gender, and the environment, but in ways that are less than obvious, and always (like all of my fiction) deeply rooted in the places I know and love, including Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, and South Carolina.

Over the course of 2018, thanks to the support of my patrons, I created:
  • Three new short stories for this collection-in-progress
  • Five flash fiction pieces currently on submission (fingers crossed!)
  • Two new chapters for my next novel, World's Smallest Parade
Unlike many emerging authors, I don't have a "day job"--writing, editing, and book coaching is how I make a living, which means that your support really does help me carve out the time, each and every month, to write. 

Stories that have come into the world thanks to my patrons include "The Mind-Body Problem," which appears in Forest Avenue Press's collection of supernatural tales set in Portland, City of Weird; "To the Fire," which appears in High Desert Journal, and "Strange Loop," which appears in Daily Science Fiction.

My Patreon subscribers are my tribe, the people who have come together to support my voice and vision in the world. Join them, and share the journey.
--
Named "One of 25 Oregon Authors Every Oregonian Must Read" by The Oregonian

Nominated for the 2019 Best Small Fictions anthology

2017 Gold IPPY Award Winner

Finalist, Best of the Net Award

About HOT SEASON:
Recommended by Get Booked, the personalized book recommendation podcast from BookRiot.

An outlaw activist on the run. A pipeline set to destroy a river. And three young women who must decide who to love, who to trust, and what to sacrifice for the greater good.

Based in part on real events in the Northwest and the Southwest in the early nineties and mid-aughts,
Hot Season explores what Oregon Book Award Winner Cari Luna called “the charged terrain where the youthful search for identity meets the romantic, illicit lure of direct action.”

“From Franzen on down, activist lit is so hot right now. Portland’s Susan DeFreitas gets it right.”
The Portland Mercury
“A brisk read with a potent mix of wit and edge.”
Arizona Daily Sun
“[A] really fun read with a complex political issue interwoven into its narrative of three young women, and all in the span of 200 pages—as if Donna Tartt had been edited by Gordon Lish.”
Read It Forward
“Hot Season is both relevant and prophetic, given how recently, shockingly more perilous our world has become.”
Huffington Post Books
“A stunning book, choked with the beauty of the natural world and our conflicts of how to manage both it and our desires.”
—Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder
“Literature not only deploys the lexicon of empathy, but is quite possibly one of the few languages left that can still interrupt monostories of power. As far as examples go, Hot Season is fucking fantastic.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
One short story delivered fresh to your inbox once a month.
Pledge $5 or more per month
One short story per month, plus The Story Behind the Story.
Pledge $10 or more per month
One short story per month, plus The Story Behind the Story, plus a shout out on my website.
Pledge $25 or more per month
One short story per month, The Story Behind the Story, the shout out on the website, and a copy of my debut novel, Hot Season.
Goals
$196 of $200 per month
Wouldn't it be cool if I could finish my second book, Dream Studies, in the next six months to a year? If I reach this goal, I'll have enough writing time to make it happen. 
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Author seeks reader for long-term (open) relationship! Must enjoy:

  • literary fiction
  • speculative fiction
  • fiction that's sort of in between
  • the great outdoors 
  • the great indoors
  • complex characters 
  • a strong sense of place

My debut novel, HOT SEASON, helped me find my tribe: smart people who care about the natural world; down-to-earth idealists; travelers of the road less taken; dreamers, makers, and agitators. Now I'm extending that circle with a collection of short fiction entitled DREAM STUDIES: stories that blur the line between literary fiction and fantasy; stories that tackle race, class, gender, and the environment, but in ways that are less than obvious, and always (like all of my fiction) deeply rooted in the places I know and love, including Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, and South Carolina.

Over the course of 2018, thanks to the support of my patrons, I created:
  • Three new short stories for this collection-in-progress
  • Five flash fiction pieces currently on submission (fingers crossed!)
  • Two new chapters for my next novel, World's Smallest Parade
Unlike many emerging authors, I don't have a "day job"--writing, editing, and book coaching is how I make a living, which means that your support really does help me carve out the time, each and every month, to write. 

Stories that have come into the world thanks to my patrons include "The Mind-Body Problem," which appears in Forest Avenue Press's collection of supernatural tales set in Portland, City of Weird; "To the Fire," which appears in High Desert Journal, and "Strange Loop," which appears in Daily Science Fiction.

My Patreon subscribers are my tribe, the people who have come together to support my voice and vision in the world. Join them, and share the journey.
--
Named "One of 25 Oregon Authors Every Oregonian Must Read" by The Oregonian

Nominated for the 2019 Best Small Fictions anthology

2017 Gold IPPY Award Winner

Finalist, Best of the Net Award

About HOT SEASON:
Recommended by Get Booked, the personalized book recommendation podcast from BookRiot.

An outlaw activist on the run. A pipeline set to destroy a river. And three young women who must decide who to love, who to trust, and what to sacrifice for the greater good.

Based in part on real events in the Northwest and the Southwest in the early nineties and mid-aughts,
Hot Season explores what Oregon Book Award Winner Cari Luna called “the charged terrain where the youthful search for identity meets the romantic, illicit lure of direct action.”

“From Franzen on down, activist lit is so hot right now. Portland’s Susan DeFreitas gets it right.”
The Portland Mercury
“A brisk read with a potent mix of wit and edge.”
Arizona Daily Sun
“[A] really fun read with a complex political issue interwoven into its narrative of three young women, and all in the span of 200 pages—as if Donna Tartt had been edited by Gordon Lish.”
Read It Forward
“Hot Season is both relevant and prophetic, given how recently, shockingly more perilous our world has become.”
Huffington Post Books
“A stunning book, choked with the beauty of the natural world and our conflicts of how to manage both it and our desires.”
—Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder
“Literature not only deploys the lexicon of empathy, but is quite possibly one of the few languages left that can still interrupt monostories of power. As far as examples go, Hot Season is fucking fantastic.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

Recent posts by Susan DeFreitas

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
One short story delivered fresh to your inbox once a month.
Pledge $5 or more per month
One short story per month, plus The Story Behind the Story.
Pledge $10 or more per month
One short story per month, plus The Story Behind the Story, plus a shout out on my website.
Pledge $25 or more per month
One short story per month, The Story Behind the Story, the shout out on the website, and a copy of my debut novel, Hot Season.