I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Well, aside from a few years when I wanted to be an actor. Specifically I wanted to play Anita in West Side Story. There were only three problems: I couldn’t sing; I couldn’t dance; and I could only passably act.
I turned my sights to TV and got my start feeding cast and crew muffins and bologna sandwiches on the award-winning television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated my food (a fact that’s memorialized forever in a poem the cast wrote: “An ode to Susin, the Bran Muffin Queen, we eat them, we die, then we turn green”). But luckily for me, they saw a spark in a spec script I wrote, and I went on to pen 16 episodes of Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. I also got my first crack at novel writing when I wrote Shane, Wheels, Snake and Melanie – four books in the Degrassi series. I vowed that one day I would write an original young adult novel; it just took me a really long time!
In the meantime, the TV world kept me busy. I’ve written for a lot of Canadian TV shows, and still do. If you’re curious, you can see my full list of TV credits on IMDB. And yes, I’ve met quite a few Canadian celebrities. But no, I have not met Drake.
Finally I got off my butt and wrote that young adult novel. I called it Word Nerd. It was published in fall 2008 by Tundra Books. My second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom was published by Tundra in fall 2010, and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen was published in fall 2012. In spring of 2015 my novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, was published in Canada, the US and the UK. You can check out the foreign covers (including the wonderful UK cover) here. My books have been translated into French (European and Quebec editions), German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Dutch, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Romanian and Turkish.
My newest novel, Optimists Die First, was just published in February 2017.
I live in Vancouver, Canada, with my family and two destructive, naughty cats. I have a lot of textural issues with food. I love to travel. And I’ve been known to laugh at my own jokes.