Biography

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

Elissa Sussman, Author

She is also the author of contemporary and fantastical stories for teens and adults.

Her debut adult novel, FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK, will be published in Spring 2022 from Ballantine Books and her YA contemporary, DRAWN THAT WAY, will be released in Fall 2021 by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers. Her YA fairy tales, STRAY and BURN are available from Greenwillow Books.

In a previous life, Elissa 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 received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Pacific University. She lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs, Basil and Mozzarella.

The Frequently Asked Question

How Do You Pronounce Your Name?

Like Melissa but without the M, or Alyssa, like Alyssa Milano.
Suss-man. As in, to suss someone out. A man.

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