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.” Her many books for teens include Trigger, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Books for Young Adults; Insanity; My 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

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. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Oooh, Child (Beth Orton version); The Part Where You Let Go (Hem); Mad World (Adam Lambert Version); Uncle John's Band (Grateful Dead); Three Little Birds (Bob Marley). This changes a lot. I currently have 12 days of music in my iTunes. Ask me in a few months, it'll be more!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "I'll do that." "I should put that in story." "Do we have any chocolate?"

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Intelligence, Integrity, and Vision

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd be a parrot living free in the jungle, able to be brilliantly colorful and fly and squawk and make as much joyous noise as I want for seventy or eighty years.