Susan Eloise Hinton (born July 22, 1948) is an American writer best known for her young-adult novels set in Oklahoma, especially The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school. In 1988 she received the inaugural Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her cumulative contribution in writing for teens.
The young adult novels of bestselling author S.E. Hinton -- The Outsiders (1967), That Was Then, This Is Now (1971), Rumble Fish (1975), Tex (1979) and Taming the Star Runner (1988) -- all contain a number of common threads in locations, characters and themes. Many of her characters make multiple appearances and all take place in the same area in Oklahoma.
Together, the books form a series that reflect many issues such as friendship, gangs, drugs, war and poverty, as lived by the Greasers. Many books serve as partial prologues or epilogues to others, such as That Was Then, This Is Now being an epilogue to The Outsiders, showing the results one year later of the events of her first novel. In turn Tex is an epilogue for That Was Then, This Is Now and shows the adult lives of several characters. Others are thematic epilogue, as Taming the Star Runner shows the adult lives of the Hippie generation, who were adolescents in some of her earlier books, especially That Was Then, This Is Now, and the regrets of a misspent youth.
That Was Then, This Is Now (1971) is a coming-of-age young adult novel by S. E. Hinton. It follows the relationship between two friends, Mark and Bryon, who are like brothers but find their relationship rapidly changing. It was later made into a film starring Emilio Estevez.
Since childhood, Bryon Douglas and Mark Jennings have been like brothers, but now times are changing. Bryon is growing up and thinking about who he wants to be, but Mark is still living for the thrill of the moment.