Susanna Fraser: Wife of Reluctant Web Designer

Barbara Vey -- August 25th, 2010

Yet one more reason why you should hire professional help when you need your website designed.  (Thanks Twitter for the heads up on this one.)


With a new book coming out, author Susanna Fraser needed a snappy new website…pronto.  Being busy promoting the book, she probably thought she could save a few bucks by having her husband whip up a site in his spare time.  The result is a funny (for us) look into the male mind of reasoning when he’s forced into doing something he really doesn’t want to do, but feels obligated to.

It starts out pretty succinctly with:

This is the website of Susanna Fraser.

Susanna Fraser is an author based in Seattle. She goaded her husband into making this website for her, even though he is busy and preoccupied. This site is a demonstration of why you never hire family to design your website for you.

She has a blog. You should read it. Here’s her e-mail address. You should spam it.

Ok, I love the part about spamming her email.  That should keep Susanna busy enough for a while so she can’t ask hubby for any other help.  He goes on to the meat of the matter.


More importantly, she has a book coming out on August 23, 2010, called The Sergeant’s Lady.

Here is the cover:
The Sergeant's Lady cover

YOU WILL BUY HER BOOK. (Subliminal messaging??)

Why should you buy her book?

  1. It’s a good book. Really! Here’s an excerpt. Read the well-crafted writing! Doesn’t it make you long for the days of yore when strong women of courage would take their small beer in the afternoon with a Regency romance on their veranda? Because, if there’s one thing we need more than well crafted verandas nowadays, it’s well-crafted Regency romances.  (Oooh, a little more sarcasm, I like that.)
  2. It’s from the good people of Carina Press, a fine and good organization filled with editors and publishers of the highest moral fiber and yet will humor an author’s tired and overworked husband who is being pressed into building her a website at an ungodly hour of the night. (Nice job of sucking up to the powers that offer the book contracts.)
  3. If you buy enough copies, she can hire someone besides her husband to design her website.  (Great marketing selling point.)

I mean, read this cover description of this book! Does it not make you WANT to get in line NOW to BUY HER BOOK (Maybe not so subliminal anymore.)

You can read this part on her website  :)

Still not enough? Here is the author biography! Read of her great heroism and be of courage and good cheer in knowing that, like her, you can overcome great struggles and challenges, just as she overcame being a fourth grader!  (Yikes!)

Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.  (What’s that say about hubby??)

Along the way she read her hometown library’s entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O’Brian’s and Bernard Cornwell’s novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.  (And we all know that great hair is the basis of all lasting relationships…unfortunately.)

Susanna grew up in rural Alabama. After high school she left home for the University of Pennsylvania and has been a city girl ever since. She worked in England for a year after college, using her days off to explore history from ancient stone circles to Jane Austen’s Bath.

Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows. Please stop by and visit her at (well, you don’t have to go there now since you got to see the whole website here), get to know her on Facebook at and follow her on Twitter at @susannafraser. (Ok, I did go and follow her on Facebook and Twitter just so I could see what her husband is up to next.)

You got it all? OK. August 23. BUY THE BOOK. Let’s all be there!

And maybe a certain author will learn to build her own websites instead of asking her husband to do it. HI DEAR!


Bottom Line: Clever, resourceful and adorable.  It got me to order the book for my Kindle, but for the next one, Susanna might want to go with a pro because once is cute, but twice…maybe not so much.

48 thoughts on “Susanna Fraser: Wife of Reluctant Web Designer

  1. Gina

    Brilliant marketing… totally unique and unexpected and everyone is talking about it (saw this on Twitter and Facebook also). I don’t normally read Regency books but I ordered this one.

  2. Emily Bryan

    That was my story. But my DH was man enough to care that he was doing a terrible job at my website. He tried. Honest. And he does have computer skills. What he lacks is any sense of color or design whatsoever. And he assures me that though he can learn any computer language devised, only God could give him color and design sense and in His wisdom, He’s seen fit not to. Some things you shouldn’t fight. ;-)

  3. Diane Gaston

    I’m so thrilled that Susanna’s getting this buzz and I think the website is absolutely a scream!
    She’ll be our guest on Risky Regencies on Sunday if you want to razz her about this!
    Oh, and the book is fabulous!

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