Me as Itty
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. By the time I was two, I referred to myself as "Itty." It's a long story and I won't get into it. I was so attached to my mother that when I started kindergarten, so did she.  My Mom sat in the back of the class for six months until I stopped crying.   My teacher told her it
Susan and Hedda

was time to leave, so she did.  I've always loved dolls and by the time I was eight, I had a collection of fifty-five, including one with three faces, named Hedda Get Better.  When my Dad asked me why I wanted such an ugly doll, I said because nobody else does.  Until this day, Hedda sits on a shelf in my home office, and I still think she is the most perfect doll ever created.

  I can’t say I was particularly athletic as a child, but I managed to ride a bike, skate, and was quite accomplished with a hoola-hoop.  As a little girl, I always loved to write stories, but was terrible in math, and have remained terrible up until now.  Interestingly, in 1971, I met a handsome guy on the beach in Coney Island, Brooklyn, who was a math teacher.  I married him one year later and in 1977 we moved with our son Lee, to Staten Island, New York.  Bruce is not only my husband, he is my best friend, computer expert, helps me with my editing, and co-authored a novel with me.  He even designed this website. 

We live in Florida part of the year enjoying the glorious Florida winters.  In between my writing and visiting schools, bookstores, and children's hospitals, we spend time with Bruce's Mom, Irma.  Bruce and I are advocates of health and  fitness and often can be spotted at the local gym. 

The two of us adore our son, Lee, and are very proud of the man he’s grown up to be.  His visits are  greatly enjoyed  whether they be in New York or
Lee and I at the St. Jude charity event:2005
Florida.

I have one older sister, Diane, who is a perfect sister in every way.  We never  run out of things to say to one another, and sometimes we laugh so much  together that it hurts.  I am blessed with a wonderful family and terrific friends, who mean the world to me.  Spending time with them, is by far as good as it  can get!  My great-niece, Elyssa, and great-nephews, Josh, Evan, and Jake  are cool kids, who think I am often silly .  I am silly at times,

Bruce & I at the Miami zoo:2007
but I learned that  wonderful trait from them and all the other children I have been fortunate  enough to work with for nearly two decades.  Children have the most creative  minds, and I have been impressed by their sensitivity, honesty, intuition, and  sincerity.  I will always remember the children who were at the pre-school where I worked, as each one of them has touched my life in one way or another. Though I have had several articles printed in a New York newspaper, it is writing children’s stories that will remain my passion.  Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea that’s bursting to come out, so I tip-toe out of the bedroom in hope that I don’t wake Bruce, open the door to my home office, smile at Hedda, and  turn on my computer.  Some day, all of my stories will be passed down to my family, but first I hand over some of them to my agent, the talented, and accomplished, Jay Poynor.  I am honored to have his expert guidance and kind friendship. Last, but not least, thank you for reading this, and I hope all of you remember to keep the child in you alive!
My best wishes, Susan.
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Bruce & I at South Beach in 2008 Bruce & I at West Palm Beach in 2010 Lee & I at the Morikami museum in Dec. 2009