HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Susan Wiggs

#1 New York Times Bestselling & Award-Winning Author


  • From Idea to Printed Page: The Journey of a Book
  • Put Your Heart on Paper
  • From Reader to Writer
  • The Writer’s Journey
  • How to Lose Weight and Make a Million Dollars While Writing Naked (and Other Publishing Myths)
  • I Can’t Wait to Hear What I Have to Say
  • An Evening with Susan Wiggs



Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends…and fiction. From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. Today, she is an international #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning author, of more than fifty novels, including Map of the Heart (William Morrow), Family Tree (William Morrow), and the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.

Wiggs’s most recent novel, Between You and Me (William Morrow), delivers a riveting story that challenges our deepest-held beliefs. Moving and unforgettable, Between You and Me is an emotionally complex story of love and loss, family and friendship, and the arduous road to discovering the heart’s true path.

Wiggs’s work has been translated into two-dozen languages. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award, the highest honor given for a work of romantic fiction.  Wiggs has been featured in national and international media, including NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

From libraries to writing festivals and conferences, Wiggs delivers memorable keynotes and workshops on the journey of a writer. Whether it’s a craft based talk or the transition from reader to writer, Wiggs tailors each presentation to fit the goals and needs of the audience.

Currently, she lives with her husband and family at the water’s edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

 Praise for Susan Wiggs:

"Writing a bestselling novel takes an author with great talent. Writing countless bestsellers and being able to talk about them intelligently requires an outstanding author. But being able to rivet an audience of fans and fellow writers, create an immediate emotional connection with them, reveal how she was able to create such successful work, and inspire them to believe they can as well, requires someone extraordinary. That is Susan Wiggs."
-- Michael Hauge, author: Writing Screenplays That Sell; Storytelling Made Easy

“Year after year, Susan Wiggs was one of our most popular and sought-after speakers and teachers at the Maui Writers Retreat and Conference. Her students consistently rated her as their favorite teacher, and her keynote addresses always packed the house. Highly recommended for a witty, honest, and informative speaker in any venue.”
--Elizabeth Engstrom, Director, Maui Writers Retreat

"I’ve known Susan Wiggs for more than twenty years and watched her in action as a keynote speaker, teacher and lecturer at conferences and similar gatherings.  She always amazes me with her insights, wit, humor and ability to clearly explain the mysteries of writing.  A thorough-going professional who enjoys huge popularity worldwide, she is always in great demand to appear at events and share her knowledge.”
--Terry Brooks

“A famous author came to our small town in Montana!  We were so thrilled we baked a cake! We love her books.”
--Shana Williams, member of the Book Club Bees, Mineral County Library

Praise for Between You & Me:

“The conflict between old and new, conservative and bold … indeed, the past and the future … all these elements are played out in the arena of modern medicine set against traditional Amish values. Susan Wiggs’s newest novel, Between You and Me is a big story of love, loss, and honor. At her best balancing the intimacy between people with the clash of cultures, Susan Wiggs just keeps getting better and better.”
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean

“Complex, beautifully wrought, warm and surprising as only Susan Wiggs can do. Two colliding worlds, both fraught with complications and prejudice, spun into a graceful, complex story that will make your turn the pages till the very end. I absolutely loved it.”
--Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Map of the Heart:

 “A moving, sophisticated story of fathers and daughters, love and loss, secrets and lies, rebellion and redemption.”
--Jane Green

“Wiggs seamlessly melds historical drama with contemporary romance.”
--Mary Kay Andrews

“A sweeping story that spans generations and continents. No one knows a woman’s heart like Susan Wiggs.”
--Mary Alice Monroe

“Wiggs bridges eras of history and the depths of the human heart in this emotional story of a family shaped by tragedies both near and distant.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Wiggs handles characters, setting, and plot with perfect aplomb while creating an unforgettable story about love, loss, family, and friendship that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page of this exquisitely crafted story.”
--Booklist (starred review)

“Wiggs seamlessly weaves a multigenerational story that will make you laugh, make you cry and leave you with a sigh of satisfaction as you turn the final page.”

“The characters are warm and human, with the mysteries adding just enough spice.”
--Library Journal

Praise for Family Tree:

“Clever, creative, and ingenious, this is Susan Wiggs at her best. I devoured the book, turning the pages so fast I got a papercut.”
--Debbie Macomber

“Love, loss, passion, and everything in between...I love Susan Wiggs’ novels so much.”
--Jenny Colgan

“A wonderful read, fun and wise, and absolutely delicious.”
--Nancy Thayer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Island House

“Wiggs…[tackles] a complicated dual storyline with her typical blend of authenticity and sensitivity. A compelling exploration of self, family, love, and the power of new beginnings.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Soul-satisfying...Will delight readers of Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber...Wiggs writes with effortless grace about what breaks families apart and what brings them back together. Add this to her gift for crafting exquisitely nuanced characters and flair for perfectly capturing the rhythm of life in a small town.”
--Booklist (starred review)

“This sweet yet dramatic and winding love story demonstrates the realities and complexities of love. Recommended for fans of realistic, heartwarming romances full of second chances.”
--Library Journal

“Emotionally honest, poignant and including a delightful thread of humor… Family Tree is a story of one woman’s journey through betrayal and pain to emerge triumph as she learns to embrace the new challenges life has in store for her.”
--RT Book Reviews