Born and raised in Pontiac and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Sue earned her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson before returning to her home state in 1992. In addition to writing books, she has worked as a creativity coach, a journalist, a literacy consultant, a program administrator, a book reviewer and a teacher. Sue is passionate about the welfare of children at-risk, as evidenced by two decades of advocacy projects like Wireman comics, which you can read more about in the community and Wireman sections.

More recently, driven by concern about the lack of healthy options in kids’ (and their parents’) diets, she has begun teaching plant-based cooking classes. Learn more about Sue’s cooking and community-building events at  She has also begun to tell the stories of local organizations and businesses to help them communicate their mission and principles in a fun and engaging way.

Sue lives with her husband, Roger, in a 150+ year old farmhouse in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she nurtures hundreds of species of native Michigan plants and provides habitat for a variety of birds and critters on almost three acres of land. Sue and Roger are the parents of two college age sons, Max and Walter.  Roger is a professor of writing at Grand Valley State University.

When she’s not writing books, cooking or gardening, you’ll find Sue playing with her two rescue dogs, Tillie and Sophie.

If you need a high-res photo of Sue or one of her book covers to promote an event, feel free to email her at