Elissa Sussman is a writer, a reader and a pumpkin pie eater.

She is the author of STRAY and BURN (Greenwillow/HarperCollins),  YA fairy tales about a world where only women can perform magic, but their powers are considered a curse.

She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, her MFA from Pacific University, and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon,  Disney,  Dreamworks and Sony Imageworks. You can see her name in the credits of THE CROODS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TANGLED.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their rescue mutt, Basil.



Author Elissa Sussman

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