Susan Cooper was born in Buckinghamshire, read English at Oxford and began her career as a reporter and feature-writer for the Sunday Times. She then married an American and moved to the United States. Her sequence of fantasy novels for young adults, The Dark Is Rising, has won numerous international awards, including the Newbery Medal, and has been translated into eleven languages. She has written a number of other books for children and adults, a Broadway play, and several films for television and the cinema. She has two children and lives in Fairfield, Connecticut. Susan is married to the Canadian actor Hume Cronyn.