Susan Tan has a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Children's and Young Adult literature. While in graduate school, she began to write a children’s book of her own, and her debut novel - Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire - will be published by Macmillan in March of 2017. Cilla is a middle grade novel, and is based on Susan’s own experiences growing up in a mixed-race family. A second book in the Cilla series, titled Cilla Lee-Jenkins, This Book is A Classic is scheduled for release in 2018. Susan was the 2015 Gish Jen Emerging Writers Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, and now serves on the Board of the Writers’ Room.