About SueBE

I am primarily a nonfiction writer with over 600 sales to my credit.  In addition to my books:

  • I’ve written crafts, classroom activities, and science fair projects (Education.com and various Gryphon House anthologies).
  • I’ve written for magazines (Writer’s Digest, Ladybug, READ, and Young Equestrian).
  • I’ve written articles on writing (Children’s Writer, CBI, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Writer’s Market, and more).

Although I didn’t always want to write, I was a devoted reader even when I could only look at the pictures. My father had to beat me to the National Geographic because I would disappear with it.  Once I could read?  I read during spelling tests.  I read at family events.  Sunday afternoon at my Grandma’s?  If I wasn’t watching a funny movie with Bumpa or feeding a Hereford through the back fence (Grandma was sure it would bite my hand off), I was reading.

But I was always curious.  That’s what my friends call it.  My mother said I was nosey.  Tomato potato. I was the kid who wanted to know how things worked, why people did this and not that, and whether or not there was a fossil under that rock.  That one.  Right there! 

I went to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.  After working in archaeology for a while, I went back to school to study history. I wanted to know about how people lived. 

While I was in graduate school, I had a huge epiphany and called my mom.  I wanted to be a writer.  Her response?  “It’s about time you figured it out.”  Ah, well.  At least, I finally got here.

10 Facts about Me

Stray animals find me.  We’re talking one kitten, at least a dozen dogs, and a horse.

Marvel or DC?  Marvel.

Star Wars or Star Trek?  Firefly.  Although I like the other two as well.

Nicknames.  Family – Bones.  Friends – Professor.

Ketchup or mustard?  Mustard.  Unless there’s chili.

Favorite color.  Blue.  No purple.  Sometimes grey. 

Mountains or beach.  Mountains. Alpine desert is the best.

Kryptonite?  I have no poker face.  None.  

My sign?  Pooka.

If I couldn’t write?  Maybe someone would finally pay me to read.

10 thoughts on “About SueBE

  1. Hi there!

    Shortstorybook.net is organizing a short story writing contest.

    We do think that you too might have a marvelous story to tell, one that is your own! So if you can compose it in not more than few words, we would want to hear from you. Also, you stand a chance to get your story published on our site and win cash prize of USD 100.

    “Then what are you waiting for? …put on your thinking cap and get writing. For registration and other information check – http://bit.ly/short-story-contest-2010

    Happy writing!

  2. Hi SueBe,
    Thanks so much for your kind words about my Timeless Thomas trailer. It was a lot of fun to make – plus my son enjoyed starring in it.
    -Gene Barretta

  3. SueBe I am very familiar with you from SCBWI. Just wanted to say hello, and ask if you had the time, I did see the post you did on Ripple Grove Press, I did submit to them, but I would love if someone in the profession could give me some feedback, as their reply time is 3 months.

  4. Just read and enjoyed your article in the 2013 CWI Market on illustrators and authors. Thank you. You answered so many of my questions about writing without being the illustrator.

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