Author, educator and composer Naomi Stephan was born in Bloomington, Indiana, where she grew up in a parsonage with her clergyman father and musician mother. Naomi earned a PhD in German and Music from Indiana University and second BA in Voice as a Fulbright scholar in Berlin. During her studies there, she performed as a soloist in sacred and secular venues. She frequently traveled from West to East Berlin and other GDR cities for cultural events and to research the lives of her ancestors.
Naomi has held teaching postionss at Luther College, Valparaiso University, and UNCA Ashville, where she focused on German culture and music history. In her professional activities, Naomi co-founded Women in German (WIG), an organization dedicated to the advancement of Germanists worldwide. Naomi is also a member of the International Association of Women in Music (IAWM) and the American Society of Composers and Poets (ASCAP).
After leaving academia, Naomi launched Life Mission Associates, a consulting firm in California that specializes in helping people find a purposeful life, with her partner, psychotherapist Sue Carroll Moore. To provide self-help materials for clients and the public, she authored Finding Your Life Mission and Fulfill Your Soul’s Purpose, and co-authored a workbook of the same name.
Holder of grants, scholarships, commissions and awards, Naomi has also authored books and articles on German feminism, women in choral music and medieval mystic and composer Hildegard of Bingen. She organized and directed four women’s choruses and one mixed chorus in California, North Carolina and Germany, using her own as well as other women's compositions and lyrics as the central focus.
Her first novel, Duplicity’s Daughter, expands Naomi’s literary and creative efforts by drawing on her interest in the German novella, lyrics, romantic poetry and Lieder, her experiences in Cold War Berlin and lesbian liaisons.
Currently, she resides north of Berlin, Germany in a rural village near the Polish border. She continues to craft words and music, and is working on a new work involving her family history.
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by Naomi Stephan
For fast track professor Renate Seiler, a grant to Berlin was not the fait accompli she expected. When she discovers letters among her mother’s effects that point to her father’s Nazi past, Renate decides to investigate. But attraction to a charismatic chanteuse in West Berlin, and a charming East German scientist captivate her. At each turn of the road, Renate’s path becomes more perilous.
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