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 TV series, including Arctic Air, Heartland, Cedar Cove, Madison, Ready or Not, Edgemont, What About Mimi, Franny’s Feetand Braceface. 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.
Nielsen has also published three children's books: Hank and Fergus,winner of the Mr. Christie's Silver Medal Award, Mormor Moves In, and The Magic Beads. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published by Tundra in 2008 to critical acclaim, and went on to win many awards, including Ontario’s Red Maple, and the Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards.
Her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, hit stores in August 2010 to great reviews, and also scooped up a bunch of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, published in August 2012, won The Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s most prestigious literary prize. Her books have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, French and German.