SUSIN NIELSEN got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing.
Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for many TV series, including Heartland, Madison, Ready or Not, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, Edgemont, What About Mimi and Braceface. She also adapted author Susan Juby's book, Alice, I Think, into a TV series, and co-created and executive produced the critically-acclaimed comedy-drama, Robson Arms.
But Susin always wanted to write books, and in the last decade she has published three children's books: Hank and Fergus, winner of the Mr. Christie's Silver Medal Award, Mormor Moves In, and The Magic Beads. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim, and went on to win many awards, including the Red Maple, The Rocky Mountain Award, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s Young Readers Choice Awards.
Her latest novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, hit stores this August to great reviews, and translation rights have already been sold to Germany, France and Brazil.