About the Author

Susan Griner is an author of children's fiction. The Cemetery Sleeper was her first novel. Her latest book is Shy Ways. She has written short stories and poetry for both Cricket and Babybug magazines. 


She lives in Washington state, but her southern roots have influenced her writing.

Shy Ways is available through: 

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The Cemetery Sleeper is available through:

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April 15, 2020

I've been trying my hand at flash fiction lately. I was recently a runner up for a short I wrote for the Women on Writing flash fiction contest.. 


March 26, 2020

Coming soon in That Southern Thing anthology is a short story about a trip to my home state of TN with my teenage daughter. Seeing the south from her eyes helped me to put aside my sometimes painful experiences of growing up there and to make new memories.

March 6, 2019

When I started writing I was set on completing a middle grade novel, but I wound up writing short pieces for magazines. There are lots of reasons to go this route. The word count is manageable, it's good practice on the way to writing something longer. It may be a short story that leads to a novel later on and the publishing credits are noticed by agents/publishers. Writing for magazines is also nice break when you're between...

June 4, 2018

The mother in my book, Shy Ways, is based on my own mom. This is a picture taken of her in a kimono when she was a young woman. I'm not sure what the occasion was when she posed for the picture--another moment in her life I imagine on my own.

June 4, 2018

My book is a finalist in the Juvenile category for middle grade books. It looks snazzy with the gold foil sticker. 

January 30, 2018

Family and friends are dyeing to read my book!

October 24, 2017

Thanks to Rachel for a nice review of Shy Ways. She's the author Donuts in an Empty Field among others. Rachel Barnard's review:

Shy Ways by Susan Griner

A Middle Grade Novel published through Amazon Digital Services Inc. (08/28/17)


“I wanted a day off from being part Japanese, part anything.” (Page 145).

Sarah doesn’t like her new home or her new school. The other kids call her mean names because she’s half-Japanese. She...

September 26, 2017

Shy Ways is the title of my newest book. It's based on my pre-teen years growing up as a Japanese-American in the south.  The main character, Sarah Templeton, is similar to me, but the book is a work of fiction. Sarah is both ignored and ridiculed in her new school because she's different but she faces her own struggle to accept her Asian heritage. The story is set during the 1970's when the war in Vietnam is winding down, but...

October 28, 2016

A short poem I wrote several years ago is in the March issue of Babybug magazine. I used to read this magazine to my kids when they were younger. By reading the magazines over and over I got a feel for the content and for the length of poetry the editors were looking for. I was also much more observant of my youngest child's perspective of the world at that time. There was a brief window when I was in the right frame of mind t...

September 22, 2016

I Skyped with a sixth grade class from Beirut recently and was amazed at how well-informed they were about me and by the thought provoking questions they asked me. They especially wanted to know what led me to be a writer. Looking back on my life I can see that I gravitated toward it because I was always doodling, writing in my diary, daydreaming and reading.

I read a chapter from The Cemetery Sleeper, to the class but because...

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