S.E. Hinton, was and still is, one of the most popular and best known
writers of young adult fiction. Her books have been taught in some schools,
and banned from others. Her novels changed the way people look at young
Susan Eloise Hinton was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has
always enjoyed reading but wasn't satisfied with the literature that was
being written for young adults, which influenced her to write novels like
The Outsiders. That book, her first novel, was published in 1967 by
Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame,
and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as "The Voice of
the Youth" among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted
in a three year long writer's block.
Her boyfriend (and now, her husband),who had gotten sick of her being
depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write
two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. This eventually led to
That Was Then, This Is Now.
That Was Then, This Is Now is known to be a much more well thought
out book than The Outsiders. Because she read a lot of great
literature and wanted to better herself, she made sure that she wrote each
sentence exactly right. She continued to write her two pages a day until
she finally felt it was finished in the summer of 1970, she got married a
few months later. That Was Then, This is Now was published in 1971.
In 1975, S.E. Hinton published Rumble Fish as a novel (she had
published a short story version in a 1968 edition of Nimrod, which was
a literary supplement for the University of Tulsa Alumni Magazine).
Rumble Fish was the shortest novel she had published. It received a
great deal of contrasting opinions, with one reviewer claiming it to be her
best book and the next claiming it to be her last.
The latter was apparently wrong. Tex was published in 1979, four
years after Rumble Fish. It received great reviews and people raved
about how the writing style had matured since previous publications.
Tex would be the last book S.E. Hinton published for nine years.
After another span of four years, S.E. Hinton's son, Nick was born.
Four years after Tex was released, quite a few major events took place
in S.E. Hinton's life. In March of 1983, the movie The Outsiders was
released. The following August, Nicholas David was born. Two months later
the movie Rumble Fish was released.
In 1985 the movie version of That Was Then, This Is Now was released.
Three years later S.E. Hinton became the first person to receive the YASD/SLJ
Author Achievement Award, which was given by the Young Adult Services
Division of the American Library Association and School Library Journal.
Taming The Star Runner was released in October of that year. It was
the first book that S.E. Hinton had published that wasn't in first person.
With a seven-year wait, S.E. Hinton released another book in 1995. This time
she did something that no one expected.
Big David, Little David was written for children around the
kindergarten age. This deviation from Teen fiction seems to be a reflection
of the current important things in S.E. Hinton's life: Family. The
children's fiction trend continues with her latest release- The Puppy
Sister, which is a fantasy book written for Elementary school level
S.E. Hinton currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband David. Her son Nick is away for college.
About the Bio
I'm a very private person, and I'm very uncomfortable talking about my personal life,
but a few facts:
My hobby is horse-back riding; I've shown both jumping and dressage.
I read constantly, and occasionally take a class at the university not for credit -
it's more fun when you don't have to take the tests!
A writer's life is not very exciting - usually you're alone in a room with your tools - paper, pen, imagination.
(I usually write long-hand first, then put it on a computer.)
I walk the dog, ride my horse, wander the grocery store wondering what to cook for dinner.
So much for my glamourous life.
I have a great husband, a wonderful son; I won't invade their privacy by saying any more.
Unless I want to write about them.