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 Canadian TV series. 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 she finally got down to it, publishing "Word Nerd" with Tundra in 2008. Since then she's written "Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom," "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen" and "We Are All Made of Molecules." Her new YA novel, "Optimists Die First," will be published in Feb. 2017.
Nielsen's novels have won many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for "Reluctant Journal." They've been translated into multiple languages, including French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch.