Susan Vaught

Susan Vaught is the author of Edgar Award­–winning novel Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy. It was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and The Horn Book called it “compelling, offbeat, and fearless.” Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry was called “a provocative, sensitive, and oh-so-timely read,” by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. Susan’s many books for teens include Trigger, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She works as a neuropsychologist at a state psychiatric facility, specializing in helping people with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disability, and traumatic brain injury. She lives on a farm with her wife and son in rural western Kentucky.

Books by this Author

Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." (Charlotte Bronte)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. My house. Or maybe a beach on Jekyll Island.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Okay, really, I have to pick just one? Sigh. Not possible. It's a pretty dead heat between Mr. Spock, Yoda, Minvera McGonnagall, Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas, and Victoria Winslow, the assassin played by Helen Mirren in R.E.D. (because I want to be her one day, when I grow up).

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Painting. Dancing. No, wait. Song-writing. Passing a football. Saying no to, "Can you give this cat/dog/chicken a home?"

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Well, when I'm not writing, I'm a neuropsychologist, and I love that a lot.


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