Susan Vaught

Susan Vaught is the author of Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy, which won the 2016 Edgar Award in the Best Juvenile category and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. The Horn Book called it “compelling, offbeat, and fearless.” She is also the author of Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry, which received three starred reviews and was nominated for the Edgar Award, and Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge. Her many books for teens include Trigger, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Books for Young Adults; InsanityMy Big Fat Manifesto; and Freaks Like Us. 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

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry
Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge
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. What do you regret most?

A. Not getting my doctorate in English yet so I could teach creative writing.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self-doubt.

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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Intelligence, Integrity, and Vision