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. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Wow. Tough one. I have to pick just one person? Hmmm. I guess I'd have to say Emily Dickenson, then. Reclusive poet, brilliant writer--I can always aim high, right?

Q. What do you regret most?

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

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.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I know this one is recent, but it would be Mother Teresa. I'd tell her thank you for the inspiration and the amazing work she did. Then I'd want to spend hours with her learning about her thoughts and beliefs, and grasping the depth of her hope and positive thinking.

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