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Susan Bishop Crispell
This 2021, Susan Bishop Crispell is mentoring Young Adult
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Susan Bishop Crispell
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Susan Bishop Crispell earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, she now lives twenty minutes from the beach in North Carolina with her husband and their two cats. She is very fond of baked goods and is always on the lookout for hints of magic in the real world. She is the author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes (Sep 2016, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) and Dreaming in Chocolate (Feb 2018, St. Martin’s Griffin), which was selected as a SIBA Okra pick Winter 2018, and the upcoming young adult novel The Holloway Girls (Spring 2022, Sourcebooks Fire).

Jenny Bent
The Bent Agency

Other Published Works

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, September 2016)
Dreaming in Chocolate (St. Martin's Griffin, February 2018)
The Holloway Girls (Sourcebooks Fire, May 2022)

Favorite Books

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater
The Lynburn Legacy books by Sarah Rees Brennan

Years Mentored
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
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