Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Susan Beth Pfeffer moved to Middletown, NY immediately following the publicaton of her first children's book, Just Morgan, and continued to live there as she wrote another 74 books for kids and teens.
Among her many titles are Kid Power (winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Sequoyah Children's Book Award), About David (winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award), The Year Without Michael (also winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award and selected as one of the American Library Association 100 best books for young adults published in a 25 year period), and the popular Portraits Of Little Women series.
In the winter of 2005, having nothing better to do, Susan wrote the manuscript that became her 74th book, Life As We Knew It. After 40 years, she became an overnight sensation. Life As We Knew It was her first New York Times best selling title. It was named the young adult selection for One Book New Jersey 2009, and won the 2009 Garden State Teen Book Award. It is also the first winner of the Truman Readers Award.
Following the success of Life As We Knew It, Susan has written a companion novel, The Dead And The Gone, writing about the same natural catastrophe that is the backdrop for the first book, while focusing on completely different characters. The third book of the trilogy, and Susan's 76th title, This World We Live In, is scheduled for publication in spring of 2010.
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Interview with Author Susan Beth Pfeffer