Bio

Susan in her library

Photo Credit: Shana Sureck

Susan Schoenberger, a native of Newburgh, N.Y., graduated with honors from Dartmouth College in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Since college, Susan has been a writer, editor and copy editor at various newspapers, including The News and Observer, The Baltimore Sun and The Hartford Courant. She now works as Director of Communications for Hartford Seminary. Her articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including the Courant’s Northeast magazine and Reader’s Digest, and one of her essays was included in the anthology Stories for a Woman’s Heart. Susan began writing fiction seriously after attending the Wesleyan Writers Conference in 2001. Her short stories have appeared in Inkwell and the Village Rambler and one was a finalist in the New Millennium Writings contest. Her most recent short story publication, Crossroads, can be found on the website www.bartlebysnopes.com.

Intercession, her first novel, received the gold medal in the 2006 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing competition. She attended the 2006 Words and Music festival in New Orleans as part of the award and an excerpt of her novel was published in the Double Dealer. For more information on the Faulkner contest, see wordsandmusic.org. Intercession was also one of seven finalists for the Peter Taylor Prize given by the Knoxville Writers Guild, and in early 2007, Susan received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. In late 2007, Susan was fortunate enough to secure the representation of Jessica Regel of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency (JVNLA) in New York, now with Foundry Literary + Media. For her works sold under JVNLA, she is represented by Laura Biaggi.

Under the title A Watershed Year, Susan’s first novel was sold to Guideposts Books in November 2009 and edited by Lindsay Guzzardo. It was re-released by Amazon’s Lake Union division in 2013. Susan’s second novel, The Virtues of Oxygen,” was published by Lake Union on July 22, 2014.

Susan lives in Connecticut with her husband. One of her three children is a recent college graduate, another is in college, and a third is in high school. They have a beloved dog named Jackson.