Suzanne Crowley writes novels that School Library Journal calls "amazing" and "poignant" and VOYA calls "heart-stirring" and "marvelous." Suzanne, the author of both middle grade and young adult fiction, is a wife, mother, a crafter of dollhouse miniatures, an avid traveler, dog hugger, nap expert, and chocolate lover extraordinaire. Suzanne's novels have received starred reviews in SLJ, KLIATT, VOYA and BCCB and have been Indie Next Top Picks. After living all over the United States, Suzanne and her family now make their home back in her native state of Texas.
Since I was a toddler, I always had a book in hand. My sisters taught me to read at age four and by second grade I was reading chapter books. And I was writing my own stories way back then too. The two elements, reading and writing, became firmly intertwined. The more I read, the more I learned to write. It's a lifelong process that is still in place today.
I hope readers can see a little of themselves in my stories and know that they are not alone and that there is always hope in the world. I also want them to be entertained by the little big of magic I sprinkle in all my books and hope my characters stay with them long after they close the book.
My stories usually begin with a character, one or two plot points, or stepping stones, I call them and general idea of the ending. I always brainstorm names, other possible characters, possible scenes and write them out. But other than that, I don't work from an outline. I just start writing. I don't want to have the entire book written in my head before I begin. I want to be surprised by where my characters take me. Then I revise, revise, revise. Then I make it pretty.
As a child I loved the book Heidi by Johanna Spri. I loved being transported to another world - way up in the Alps as Heidi goes on adventures with her grandfather. I also loved Ginger Pye by Eleanor Este, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, and the Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol.