Born and raised on the east coast, Suzanne moved to California when she was fifteen. She currently lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, their two kids, a Cockapoo named Cooper, and a cat named Motley. They own a restaurant in town called Lumberyard (LBLumberyard.com). Prior to becoming an author, Suzanne was an architect specializing in residential and commercial design. When not writing, Suzanne enjoys doing anything and everything with her family—skiing, golf, tennis, surfing, playing board games, and watching reality TV. She is an avid baseball fan. Her team is the Angels. She can also be found in the bleachers watching her kids’’ sports or prowling the streets with her husband checking out the culinary scene of Orange County.
FAMILY—Two bros, 1 older, 1 younger
KIDS—Two, a son and a daughter
PETS—A dopey cockapoo named Cooper, an evil cat named Motley
JOBS—McDonald’s cashier, server, cookie company owner, marketing manager, copywriter, graphic designer, architect, shoelace inventor, restaurateur, author.
(0-1) Livingston, New Jersey
(1-8) Glenns Falls, New York
(8-12) Concord, Michigan
(12-13) Cherry Hill, New Jersey
(13-15) Medford Lakes, New Jersey
(15-19) Santa Barbara, California
(19-21) Long Beach, California
(21-28) Huntington Beach, California
(28-now) Laguna Beach, California
BOOKS I LOVED AS A KID THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A WRITER:
Anything by Judy Blume, S E Hinton, or Dr. Seuss
ARE ANY OF YOUR BOOKS INSPIRED BY THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE?
Yes, all of them.
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO BESIDES WRITE?
Invent something that changes the world.
FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME:
1.One of my bucket list goals is to see a game at every Major League Baseball park with my daughter before I’m sixty. There are thirty stadiums in eighteen states and Canada. So far we've been to eight.
2.I’m addicted to Sudoku.There’s something so satisfying about figuring it out. I love the absoluteness of knowing I got something perfectly right (so unlike writing where nothing is ever perfect).
3.I was on a game show called Brain Surge with my daughter. We won the first round then got flushed down the Brain Drain in the next round.
4.I invented shoelaces called Wonder Laces. They are the better shoelace—healthier for your feet, more comfortable, and they have six times the knot strength of normal shoelaces. They are sold on the internet.
5.My secret guilty pleasure it watching cheesy reality television with my kids. I especially love Survivor and Are You the One (so bad, it’s irresitibly good).
DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?
I had no idea I wanted to be a writer. I sat down to write down an idea that I thought might make a good story (after a couple of glasses of wine with a girlfriend), and the words poured out of me faster than I could type. The writing was terrible, but the plot and characters were cool. Seven months later I had my first novel and I was hooked. It was an amazing discovery, like figuring out you could play the piano without ever before having touched a key. That first novel got me my agent, but it was my fifth novel, HUSH LITTLE BABY, that got published.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR WRITING IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE?
A lot of it. Be careful what you say around me. My friends and family are starting to realize that—if it’s interesting, there’s a good chance it will end up in my next book.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
I am a geek and a dabbler. Everything interests me a little bit, so I am constantly trying things and getting half good at them before I get distracted and start dabbing in something else. I dabble in painting, gardening, surfing, SUP-ing, kickboxing, yoga, golf, and inventing. I am also one of those annoying people that actually stops to read the information signs on monuments and landmarks. I can’t help it, minutia fascinates me.
WHAT IS YOUR WORKING ENVIRONMENT LIKE?
I write in my car. It is strange but effective. There are no distractions and it is oddly comfortable. I sit with a Mead notebook and write stream of consciousness then type it into my computer when I get home. I also am known to bounce ideas off my dog. He always perks up and tilts his head as if I am the most fascinating and brilliant writer in the world. It is very encouraging until he loses interest and plops back to the floor.
SINCE BECOMING AN AUTHOR, WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED?
Patience and perserverance, everything happens slower than you think and you can’t give up because you never know when the stars are going to align.
Sometimes pipe dreams really do come true.
HOLIDAYS, BEACH OR MOUNTAINS?
Either. I live at the beach, but there are a thousand other beaches in the world I would love to visit. I also love to ski, so mountain vacations in the winter are definitely my cup of hot chocolate.
COUNTRY OR CITY?
City.The energy, the architecture, the restaurants!
SHY OR EASY GOING?
Easy going and getting less shy with age.
SERIOUS OR FUNNY?
Always looking for the funny.
TRAVELER OR NOT?
I like to pretend I’m a traveler and I dream of all the places I want to go, but the truth is, if I’m gone more than a week, I start to miss home.
LEADER OF THE GROUP OR NOT?
Not a leader, but I also hate to follow. Typically I go my own way.
WHAT’S THE ONE QUESTION NO ONE EVER ASKS AND YOU WISH THEY WOULD?
Can you sing Gilligan Island’s theme song? I can. I have the whole thing memorized. "Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip..."
TV SHOW: Grey's Anatomy
MOVIE: Forrest Gump
BOOK: The Power of One
MUSIC: Classic rock, alternative, blues... It’s all good. Bruce Springsteen, CCR, and Stevie Nicks are among my favorites.
FOOD: Gastropubs, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives -- discoveries that are off the beaten path and turning out rockin’ good grub.
CITY: San Francisco
MOTTO: "Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars." Les Brown