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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January 15, 2016

My dog, Leroy, is my guest star when I skype with other elementary students. When I skype I'm usually at home and Leroy is in his bed behind me. Somewhere during my talk, usually at the end, the students will ask to see my dog. He's always happy to come to me and the kids ohh and ahh over him when they see him up close. I usually have him do his trick of sit and shake before giving him a treat. He all in favor of me skyping wi...

December 31, 2015

There's a new YouTube video called "The Graveyard Mystery" that was inspired by my book. Two teenagers set off one night for a graveyard visit and only one comes back to tell the story.

Graveyard Mystery Video

November 3, 2015

My last post was about glowing mushrooms, but I recently found an even more interesting fungus in my own backyard. It's a shelf fungus growing from a stump. They look like pancakes to me but there's more to them than their unusual appearance.


I did some research and learned these are referred to as "artist's fungus because  I reached down and broke off a "plate" of fungus. The underside is creamy and smooth. My fingerprints ma...

August 4, 2015

The Cemetery Sleeper is set in a small town in Tennessee, near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The story is set in a fictional town called Mabry, but the details are similar to those of the tiny town where I grew up. The Little Brown Jug restaurant and the House of Beauty were actual places as was the old courthouse where criminals were hanged by the gallows.

Another source of inspiration for the setting of the story came...

April 28, 2015



I was recently invited to virtually visit a class from Redwood elementary school in Del Norte, CA. We used Google Hangouts to conduct our conversation. It's a little strange to be a talking head to a classroom of kids. It's a more stilted exchange because you can't get a good read on the class. I read a chapter from my book and did a question/answer session. Each student had a chance to come up and address their questions to...

March 27, 2015

The cover of my book was created by Nicole Stremlow Monahan, a well known professional artist and illustrator of childrens' books. Nicole also manages to find time to teach art classes for children and adults. (My daughter is lucky to be one of her students).  She was kind and patient during the process of creating the book cover which turned out beyond what I had initially imagined it would be.  Sometimes you have to trust th...

October 4, 2014

Two of my very best friends hosted a memorable book signing for me. The signing was complete with food mentioned in the book like the flag shaped cookies and of course banana pudding. My friend, Laura, created a replica cemetery in her backyard. It was a great gathering with lots of supportive friends and family.














September 26, 2014

In my book, The Cemetery Sleeper, I make a reference to a jack'o lantern mushroom which one of the characters uses to create a mask with "glowing" eyes. The mushrooms actually do glow at night. 

Mushrooms with gills glowing in the night.

September 8, 2014

This is a review I really enjoyed because it was written by the kind of kid I like to have as my audience.






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