Susanne valued her Fellowship at Varuna early in her career, as it assisted in focusing her on writing. Since then she has become an award-winning children's and young adult author. Her books tackle issues from bullying, blending families, burns, male youth culture. Her much-loved I Am Jack is being adapted into a play and has become a classic book on school bullying, while Butterflies is recognised as a defining book on youth disability. The Cave confronts youth male culture today. Her new YA book, set against the background of youth music, is a unique combination of text and music. That's Why I Wrote This Song is a collaboration with her daughter Tory, who wrote the rock songs for the book.