Susan Eloise Hinton was born on the 22nd of July 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since Oklahoma did not have many activities for girls, reading and writing became her pastimes. She also wanted to become a cattle rancher as a young girl but that ambition was overcome by her love for writing. Her stories written in the beginning were mostly about cowboys and gun fighting and horses.
As she grew up in her teens she realized that nothing interested her as much as she wanted. The typical ‘girl meets boy’ stories were very emblematic and monotonous for her. She wanted something more realistic; a story about what it is really like in the teenage. So taking inspiration from real life and events that had happened in her life she created a story of two gangs and their rivalry. The gangs belonged to two different classes of the society; the lower middle class ‘greasers’ and the upper class ‘Socs’. The story is narrated by her character of ‘Pony boy’. This novel was called ‘The Outsiders’ and was published in 1967. It received some critique in the beginning for showing a rebellious youth but then it became one of the most renowned novels of the time. It sold over 4 million copies in the US. Using the profits of her sales she joined the University of Tulsa where she got her degree and also met her life partner David Inhofe. She married him in 1970 and had a baby boy in August 1983 named Nicholas David Inhofe.
Not much is known about Hinton’s personal life as she did not like making it public however her love for reading and writing was revealed by herself. Presently she is still writing and lives with her husband David Inhofe in Tulsa. Her contribution to the American Literature for young adults was acclaimed in 1988 when she was given the ‘Margaret Edwards Young Adult Author Achievement Award’ for her work by the American Library Association.