It is testimony to S. E. (Susie) Hinton's insistence
on privacy that the famous author can live and
work quietly in Tulsa.
Yet, she all
but started a new genre in writing young adult
[date] Hinton will be inducted into the Oklahoma
Writers Hall of Fame in a banquet and ceremony
. . . at Philbrook Museum of Art.
As a teen-ager
in the late '60s, Hinton wrote "The Outsiders,"
a story that sprung from her observations of conflicts
between the "in" crowd and the "out" crowd at
Tulsa's Will Rogers High School.
But she did
not write her book for publication. That came
"I was writing
it for myself. That's the best way to write a
book," she said.
"I look back
and I think it was totally written in my subconscious
or something. I was mad about the social situation
in my high school, and I've always been an introspective
person. A lot of Ponyboy's thoughts were my thoughts.
He's probably the closest I've come to putting
myself into a character. I didn't have any grand
design. I just sat down and started writing it."
to a friend that she was writing a book. The friend's
mother had a friend who also wrote and had a New
York agent. She encouraged Hinton to send the
manuscript to the agent. The rest is history.
with more than 8 million copies in print, is one
of the best selling books for young adults of
lives and writes in Tulsa, most recently two children's
for Saturday's event, Rogers University's KRSC-TV
(Cable-12) will rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Thursday
an interview with Hinton.
At the banquet, film star Gailard Sartain, a longtime
friend of Hinton's, will deliver a special video
presentation at the event.
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