Sue Owens Wright

Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

Sue Owens Wright is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is a twelve-time nominee for the prestigious Maxwell, awarded annually by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) to the best writer on the subject of dogs. She has won the Maxwell Award three times and also earned special recognition from the Humane Society of the United States for her writing on animal welfare issues. She writes the acclaimed Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series for dog lovers, which includes the following novels: Howling Bloody Murder, Sirius About Murder, Embarking On Murder, Braced For Murder, and Ears for Murder, which won the Maxwell Award for Fiction in 2018. The Library Journal rated her first novel, Howling Bloody Murder, a Top Ten Bestseller, and Braced for Murder is recommended on the American Kennel Club’s list of best dog books. Her nonfiction books include What’s Your Dog’s IQ?, 150 Activities for Bored Dogs, and People’s Guide to Pets. She has written hundreds of articles for magazines, including Dog Fancy, Mystery Scene, AKC GAZETTE, Fido Friendly, The Bark, and Animal Fair and has been written about in some of them. Her newspaper column, Pets & Their People, was a Maxwell winner in 2007 and was nominated many times for the award. Sue’s essays have been included in several anthologies, including PEN Oakland’s “Fightin’ Words--25 years of Provocative Poetry and Prose from the ‘Blue Collar’ PEN,” in which she’s proud to be published with Norman Mailer, Kitty Kelley and many other literary notables.

Publications & Prizes

Fightin' Words--25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose from the "Blue Collar" PEN (PEN Oakland, a Chapter of PEN USA, 2014)
Ears for Murder (Black Opal Books, 2017)
The Secret of Bramble Hill (Black Opal Books, 2016)
Braced for Murder (Five Star, 2013)
Howling Bloody Murder (Worldwide Library, 2011)
Embarking on Murder (Five Star, 2009)
150 Activities for Bored Dogs (Simon & Schuster, 2007)
Sirius About Murder (Five Star, 2006)
What's Your Dog's IQ? (Adams Media, 2006)
Prizes won: 

2018 Maxwell Award for Fiction from Dog Writers Association of America, “Ears for Murder”;

2007 Maxwell Award for Newspaper Column, Dog Writers Association of America “Pets and Their People,” Inside Publications;

2003 Maxwell Award for Feature Article, Dog Writers Association of America, “The Delight of Waddling in Dwight,” Mystery Scene Magazine

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
The Bronte Sisters, Margaret Mitchell, Stephen King
What I'm reading now: 
The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe, The Sun Dog by Stephen King, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by Bandy Lee, M.D., The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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Born in: 
Sacramento, CA
Raised in: 
Sacramento, CA
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Last update: May 06, 2019