YA, Middle-Grade, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Susanna Lancaster’s favorite thing to do as a child was write stories and have them waiting on her dad by the time he got home from work. When someone asked if she wanted to be a writer when she grew up, she thought about it and said that that was silly—why would she want to be something that she already was? Never abandoning this belief, she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014. Susanna now teaches English and Creative Writing at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Her work has appeared in Hieroglyph Journal, Balloons Lit Journal, The Perpetual You, Southern Writers Magazine, and the Dear English Major website. She is a regular contributor in Memphis Health + Fitness. She lives in Memphis, TN with her husband Kyle and pet yorkie Boston. The Growing Rock is her first published book. She specializes mainly in writing for children and young adults.
A new young adult novel, The Growing Rock depicts the Great Depression era in a fresh light with striking historical details and transports readers of today to the world of 1937. Intended for early Young Adult readers, the book explores complex family dynamics and significant cross-generational themes, such as physical development and body image, poverty, depression, and grief.