Born and raised in  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, a teacher, a plant-based chef and a dog walker! Sue is passionate about the welfare of children at-risk, as evidenced by three decades of advocacy projects like Wireman comics, the Tillie Ride, and the Bessie Smith Musical, which you can read more about in the community, books and Wireman sections.

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 grown sons, Max and Walter.  Roger is the director of the Honors College at Grand Valley State University.

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