Robinson tree house. My eyes would blur and the branches became the
capsule of a spaceship or a secret hideout, a classroom, a sailing ship or a
Medieval castle. But mostly, my "big tree" was my place to think and
imagine being somewhere or someone else.
Of all the things I imagined, becoming a writer never seemed possible. But
that little voice, the one that would ask, "Where would you like to go today?"
was my muse and the writer waiting to come out wove stories in my
Do people ever tell you that you should be someone you don't want to be or
do something you don't want to do? Keep your ears and eyes open for that
little voice inside that takes you where your heart wants to go.
|It's me, Sue LaNeve
I was born in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA called Squirrel Hill. I have two older brothers. When one of
then developed asthmatic bronchitis, my parents packed us into a car and moved to West Miami, FL, a
very small town only one square mile! Something about humidity would help him. I remember all the
times he couldn't breathe and my mom would sit him on the side of the tub while the hot shower
As a tiny tyke, I loved picture books until climbing trees, summer camp, watching TV and living in my
imagination seemed more fun. My best friend Patrice and I were the only girls in a neighborhood of
fourteen boys. Let me tell you! I knew the meaning of the word bully first hand.
A funny thing happened when I grew up. Someone told me I was popular in high school at Miami
Coral Park. It's funny because I sure didn't know it back then! Eventually, I headed to college and
earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. You see, I thought I wanted to
become a psychologist, but I realized I needed to figure out my own nutsy mind before I tried to help
others. I did a bunch of journaling to get all of my worries out of my head--like Spanky, I took out the
garbage. All that journaling led to creative writing, technical writing and ultimately, earning an MFA
in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Right now, I'm living aboard a trawler we call FREEBIRD. Here's a picture of our girl.
My husband and I are cruising through the Keys, the Abacos and Exuma Islands and the eastern
coast of the United States. Yep, I'm a ship's captain, too. You can follow our travels at www.
But really, the truth is I feel like a child inside an adult's body. Go figure.