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.

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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...

April 20, 2015

I took part in roundtable critique over the weekend at the SCBWI Wa. writers conference which provided authors a chance to have 500 words from a chapter they are working on to be critiqued. As unnerving as it is to have your work examined by writers you've never met, by published authors and agents, it's worth the liter of sweat you'll lose in the process. 

 

The first round was led by author Kirby Larson, a...

April 16, 2015

A review of my book from Ann Livia Andrews, a prolific reader and reviewer.  

 

http://www.annliviandrews.com/book-reviews/2015/4/15/the-cemetery-sleeper

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...

March 20, 2015

I had a good time answering questions about my writing process for the Smack Dab in the Middle blog. The blog promotes authors of middle grade books with interviews and book reviews. Worth reading if you have a tween reader.

 

Smack Dab in the Middle

March 17, 2015

I was at lunch talking to a second grader who just finished reading my book The Cemetery Sleeper. (Yes, I know he's a little young for the content, but he assured me that he could handle it because he had seen The Hobbit movies.) Marcus, as I will refer to him here, is my biggest fan in that age group which includes my daughter. She believes I need to rewrite my opening chapter because I don't state the problem right away. Mar...

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