Susan Ross grew up in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, and divides her time between Connecticut and Maine. She attended Brown University and NYU School of Law.

After practicing law, Susan taught legal writing in Brooklyn and in Budapest, and creative writing to kids and adults in Connecticut. She especially loves author visits. There is nothing Susan enjoys more than hanging out in a classroom talking to students about her books and teaching kids about writing and literature!

Kiki and Jacques was inspired by the experience of Somali refugees who moved to Susan's hometown in Maine. Susan worked with refugee teenagers in writing the book and was greatly moved by their amazing positive energy and hopeful determination.

Searching for Lottie was inspired by stories from members of Susan's family, whose lives were forever changed by the Holocaust.

Susan teaches writing at Westport Writers Workshop and is a trustee at the Westport Library.


Fascinating Facts About Susan:

Susan is a certified Junior Maine Guide!

Susan’s middle name is “Lotte” (in English, ‘Lottie’), after her lost relative.

Susan wrote her first novel, about a wild horse with cruel masters, in the fourth grade at Lake Street Elementary School in Auburn, Maine.

Susan “adopted” lots of stray kittens growing up - all of them named Thomasina.

Susan’s children had a pet rabbit named Matteo, who enjoyed playing bunny soccer.