Susmita wrote her first fiction in Odia in 1982. Her short stories became immensely popular because of her unusual themes and simple story-telling style. Her first book, a collection of short stories, received the State Sahitya Akademi award. Though she started as a short story writer, later, around 1992, she stepped into the world of novels. Now she has to her credit seven collections of short stories, eight novels and a travelogue. Many of Susmita’s stories are translated and published in other languages like Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam. Her novel ‘Deba Shishu’ was translated into English and published by Penguin as ‘Children of a Better God’ in September 2010 to great critical acclaim.Apart from the Sahitya Akademi Award, Susmita has received many other prestigious awards like the Utkal Samman, the Prajatantra Award, the Gangadhar Rath Foundation Award among many others.