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Susan Ketchen

Susan Ketchen was born and raised on Vancouver Island, Canada. She has pursued an alarming number of educational paths and professional careers, including over a decade as a marriage and family therapist. She can sometimes be found “out standing in her field, and always on the web at www.susanketchen.ca”. She lives on a farm with her husband, two horses, two cats and a flock of chickens. There are also eagles, but I don’t think they’re actually hers. When she was nineteen, she said “I knew exactly what I wanted from life: I wanted to write and to ride. Just one problem. Back then, this was no way to make a living (okay, maybe it still isn’t).”


Her Born That Way series is about Sylvia, a fourteen year old with Turner Syndrome, which is undiagnosed. Sylvia is the same size as the average eight year old, which is even more of a problem than you might think, as she will only get her longed-for horse when she grows as tall as her grandfather’s shoulder.


Finding the books: all are still in print, and are available as ebooks too, but in the UK and in Canada/USA.


Links and sources

Susan Ketchen’s website

Susan Ketchen at the Oolichan Press

More on Turner Syndrome



Born That Way

Born That Way

Made That Way

Grows That Way


Born That Way

Oolichan Books, Fernie, BC, 2009, 176 pp.

As ebooks: Kindle, Kobo and iTunes

A review of the book


Fourteen-year old Sylvia has an undiagnosed case of Turner syndrome and an unsatisfied passion
for all things horse.





Bibliography - horse books only

Made That Way

Oolichan Books, Fernie, BC, 2010, 176 pp

As ebooks: Kindle, Kobo and iTunes

A review of the book


Sylvia is diagnosed, starts treatment, and manages the hinny that Grandpa mistakenly shipped
her from Saskatchewan.

Grows That Way

Oolichan Books, Fernie, BC, 2012, 208 pp

As ebooks: Kindle, Kobo and iTunes

A review of the book


Sylvia wishes hormones weren't such finicky things. She will need oestrogen supplements to develop

normally  - whatever that means, since everyone around her seems to be hormonally imbalanced.