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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February 24, 2015

More places to check out my book from the library. The Bothell and Woodinville libraries are the King County libraries I use the most when I write. The only downside to writing there is the distraction from all those great books.

January 28, 2015

I visited a fourth grade class this week and talked about that characters in my book and how I developed their external and internal traits. The kids asked questions as always, but the teacher wanted to know if I had made any personal connections to my story. Students today are used to making personal connections to the text they read, but I hadn't given it a lot of thought. For The Cemetery Sleeper the most obvious connection...

January 6, 2015

I visited a third grade class at Lockwood Elementary recently and was surprised by how much the kids knew about the fundamentals of writing. I read a chapter from my book and was planning to talk about the writing and publishing process with them. Turns out they knew plenty already. They were an enthustiastic bunch who related what they had learned about writing when they asked me questions.

"What's the hook in your story?"


October 30, 2014


I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Tipper Pressley who has a terrific blog called The Blind Pig and the Acorn. Her blog features music, videos, and daily insights into Appalachian life and history. The Blind Pig and the Acorn



October 26, 2014

You can find an excerpt from my book on the StoryFinds website. 




They are also running a book cover poll if you want to vote for my book cover which was created by Nicole Stremlow Monanan





October 21, 2014

I've added a few rejection letters to my site which can be found on my site under Reflections on Rejection. I learned a lot during the height of editor to author exchanges that don't exist anymore. Personalized letters on thick manila paper have given way to e-mails sent to editors who never respond--it's the equivalent to sending your query into a black hole. An automated rejection is the norm. This is not the fault of editor...

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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