Susan Wachowski
Susan Kovacs

Susan Wachowski SF/F author is also Susan Kovacs Cozy Mystery writer (go to that website).  Both are me and I just happen to love different genres. Marketing is easier when I keep genres separate, thus, once you get to this point, you find out it’s all just me. Don’t be confused! Although I have two pen names, I am the same person.  I am also the miniatures painter known most everywhere as PaintMinion.

Susan Wachowski is the author of the “COMING SOON!” Quixote Station SF serial, and the Wright Catalyst books.  Though The Harrogate Chronicles look to be released first. I made my choice for my actual legal name, Susan Wachowski, for my SF, Steampunk, and Fantasy. Has a certain ring, the family name.  Chicago area and Wachowski go together like Keanu and Matrix, right? If you ask for more information, you’ll only get a wicked smile. You need the secret password to be told any Wachowski tales.

Susan Kovacs is the author of the “COMING SOON!” Dockside Murder, Book 1 of the Sunset Lake Cottage Mysteries, a Cozy Mystery set in the semi-fictional town of Sunset Lake on the border between Wisconsin and Illinois.

Born and raised around Madison, Wisconsin, I have always been fascinated by SF/F and Mysteries.  I grew up at Wiscon, Xcon, secretly watching Dr. Who after my parents went to bed, and hanging out at Pegasus Games and 20th Century Books. We had a gang in high school – The Tardis Crew – you know who you are.  My friends and I began the James Madison Memorial High School lit magazine called Pressions – thank you so much to our mentor, Mr. Rodriquez, a wonderful teacher and poet, with the patience of a saint for high school shenanigans.

I credit Barry B. Longyear and his wonderful workshops at WindyCon years ago, with helping me really focus my story writing after a long hiatus. I was the 1998 winner of the ISFic Award at WindyCon for my short story “Grandpa”, and was apparently the first to finally thank Barry in an acceptance speech for the workshops. I came down from the podium and he was waiting in the aisle to give me a huge hug! Barry – I am still spouting some of the same ground rules at my writer meets now.  If you don’t know what questions to ask a crit group, the piece should be in front of an editor. Get outta here.  

I run a group for local writers called Write Here! Write Now! Illinois, that came from those of us involved in National Novel Writing Month. Now I also run the local region for NaNoWriMo.  Most importantly, I am deeply indebted to THE Hive. You know who you are.  Extra thanks to my best friend and co-author for my Steampunk – Nan Sampson Bach.

My favorite authors are too many to list, but it certainly includes Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Briggs, Alan Dean Foster, Jim Butcher, Frank Herbert, Ursula K Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, Robin Hobb, Melanie Rawn, Raymond E. Feist, Barry B. Longyear, Shakespeare, and so many more.  What a wonderful age we live in where I have access to so many authors I could never name them all without searching my library and my Kindle. Forgive me if I left you off this list, but know that my library loft is filled with books of all sorts!

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in English from UW-Madison. Yea. Science. I started out in Astrophysics, considered Geology, then discovered after Differential Equations that I really hated doing the math and became an English Major.

I love to laugh, love to play with words, and love to encourage others to jump in and just do it!  Please talk to me anytime about events, partnerships, and writing!

I am also known as “PaintMinion” in gaming and minipainting circles, a name I created for my miniatures painting biz long before the Minion movies were developed. I have published articles and how-to’s for minipainters, including the MMSI (Military Miniatures Society of Illinois) monthly magazine The Scabbard and online companies, and a few magazines now defunct. Sigh. Most recently the December 2018 issue of Finescale Model Magazine.

I have painted professionally for Reaper Miniatures, Dark Sword Miniatures, Thunderbolt Mountain, and other miniatures companies, as well as take private commissions. I developed and ran the MHE (Miniatures Hobby Events) area of Gen Con for over ten years.  That included the Gen Con Painting Competition, the free Paint & Take program that serves over 1000 attendees, the Speed Paint Arena, the Aces Charity Speed Paint event, and the Classroom, where hobbyists and professionals offer over 100 classes for painters of all levels.  I have judged competitions, exhibitions, and won awards all over the US and online. I AM an Iron Painter. 🙂 I am best known for my dragons.

Examples of my minipainting projects


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