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

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 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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness for me is a day at home out in the woods, with my family and pets, sitting on the back deck listening to music, watching birds, and writing.

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?