About Susan Uhlig

Brief Bio

Susan Uhlig headshot photo

When I was a child, I dreamed about being an “author.” But it wasn’t until my own children were in grade school that I began writing seriously. I sold my first magazine short story to Jack and Jill in 1992. Since then I’ve sold many fiction and nonfiction pieces to various children’s magazines and sold a number of picture books and early readers. My current dream is to sell a middle grade or young adult novel. I still work on picture books too.

More About Me

picture of author when young with cats
Kitty babies! Tolerant cats. Especially the one who let me put her in a dress. The baby bottle has water, which they’d politely drink.

I was a kid with a big imagination. I loved playing pretend, reading stories, and making up stories. But I’d never met an author, so couldn’t imagine being one. Instead I went to college and learned about computers.

When my children were little, I was fascinated by books for kids. I took a correspondence course about writing for children and sold my first story to a children’s magazine in 1992. I still like computers, but I like writing more! I’ve written short stories, articles, picture books, early readers, and novels. Some of them are listed here. I blog about writing too. (These posts are written for other writers.) I also share a quote of the week on my blog.

I do most of my writing and revising using a computer, either on my desktop or my laptop. If I’m not working at home, I take my laptop with me. I love going on writing retreats with other writers. Writing can be lonely and meeting with other writers not only makes it less lonely, but also can be helpful. My critique partners and I usually meet weekly via Zoom. We motivate each other and find areas that need fixing.

Also, I do a lot of pre-writing—just thinking about a story—when I lie in bed at night, driving or riding in a car, waiting in a doctor’s office, etc.

When I was a child, I told myself stories to go to sleep—and never told anyone! I thought it was weird. Now, I know I was just exercising my imagination. (And, it still helps me fall asleep.)

Associations

I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the best children’s writing organization in the world. If you are interested in writing, check it out at scbwi.org. I joined SCBWI in 1990 or 1991 after I attended my first writer’s conference in Seattle. I loved the organization so much, I got involved. I’ve been a Regional Advisor three times–once in Washington State/Northern Idaho (2000-02), in Kansas (2004-2009) and in Oregon (2012-2015). Now with over ten years of service, I’m a Regional Advisor Emerita. Plus I’ve been on each Region’s Advisory Committee.

I’m also an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. I started in 2009 and teach the basic and advanced magazine courses. I love the Institute’s blog with so many helpful posts.

Note: The views expressed on this website are my own.

Social Media

I’m active on Twitter!