Sue Fliess

Sue Fliess is the author of over forty children’s books including Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World, Goldilocks and the Three Engineers, Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket, Beatrice Bly’s Rules for Spies series and more. Her background is in copywriting, public relations, art, and marketing, and her essays have appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, and more. Her picture books have received honors from the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, have been used in school curricula, museum educational programs, and have even been translated into multiple languages. Sue lives with her family and two Labrador Retrievers in Northern Virginia. Visit her at


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Sometimes there was a good reason to break the rules. Even in the library.”—Library Lion

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Judy Blume, Katherine Applegate, Kevin Henkes

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love writing and hoped to be able to fill kids with a sense of wonder.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep at it. No one is an overnight success.