Born in California and raised in northern New Jersey, Sue Douglass Fliess considers herself an open-minded Jersey Girl. Her first job out of college was as a publicist for Putnam Berkley Publishing (now Penguin Group) in Manhattan, after which she moved to the Bay Area with her husband. She spent nearly a decade working her way up from advertising copywriter to director of marketing at various communications and technology companies.
In 2003, Fliess took a break from the rat-race to start her own rugrat-race at home and is the mother of two young boys. She also has been a freelance contributor to Education.com and is a children’s book author. Her first picture book, Shoes for Me, will be published by Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books in 2011. In both 2007 and 2008 she received honors from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for two of her manuscripts and recently attended the invitation-only Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. She is currently penning a young-adult novel. In her not-so-spare time she loves to travel with her family, volunteers at her kids’ schools, plays in a local tennis league and occasionally trains for running events.