Sue was born in Derbyshire in what was then a mining area - pretty much D H Lawrence country, in fact. She now lives in Somerset and writes in a studio in her garden.
Sue studied English at Durham, then was briefly a writer/editorial assistant in London: highlights were a headline for the Kellogg company newsletter, 'Snap, Crackle and Pop at Kellogg's Christmas Party', and a line in a Hamilton and Inches jewellery catalogue, referring to the 'sinuous simplicity of silver'. Perhaps not surprisingly, she beat a fairly hasty retreat from this line of work and trained as a teacher in Leicester, where she taught for two years before moving to Somerset.
She married, had three children and continued to teach English before diversifying into writing educational resources alongside teaching children who were out of school for medical reasons. Then, on a creative writing course at Bristol University, the fabulous Vivian French encouraged her to write for children, and her first book, Spook School, appeared in 2003.
By then, she was combining writing with working with young offenders; more recently, she spent two years at Exeter University as a Royal Literary Fellow, working with students on their essay skills. Now, alongside her own work, she teaches creative writing within her local community.
Sue's most recent book, Emily's Surprising Voyage, was long listed for the Carnegie Medal, and is an adventure story for younger readers set on Brunel's famous ship, the SS Great Britain. It's proved very popular with primary school children, and she very much enjoys going into schools to talk about it.
For more details of school visits and writing workshops, please visit her website.
Sue blogs each month at the following group blogs: