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My Story

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Susan Stoderl's Biography

I have lived in many places and followed many paths—winding, backtracking, then going forward again.


I was born in Denver but raised in Southwestern Kansas. My educational background in music, specifically opera, also traveled. I began college at Wichita State University, returned to Denver for one semester, then returned to Wichita to finish my BME in Music Education. The San Francisco Bay area beckoned and I studied there for nine months as an alternative to the flatlands of Wichita. Next, I lived in steamy Baltimore where I earned my MM in Vocal Performance at the Peabody Institute, then apprenticed in opera at Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York. I have worked as a singer, chorister, arranger, conductor, music director, and opera administrator. However, being the DIY person I am, I couldn’t resist composing three operas to my librettos and writing the words and music for four classical song cycles. However, the written word has always been in my blood.

Besides Sophia of the Bright Red Sneakers series (middle-grade detective books for ages eight to twelve years), Susan also hosts the literacy podcast, Beyond the Books | The Language of Success. Other books in progress include a YA time travel series, The Storyteller, based upon the Scottish Myrddin tales, and an adult historical women's fiction/romance, The Blossoming of Bernice. For more on her books and characters, visit Books & More | Susan Stoderl. To follow her blog, visit Scribbles & Thoughts | Susan Stoderl.

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