Susan Schoeffield



Susan Schoeffield was previously Managing Editor of The Poetry Hut, a quarterly, online poetry magazine and Administrator of two poetry prompt blogs. Other obligations made it impossible to continue in all of those roles and The Poetry Hut and related projects were discontinued. Prior to her detour down other, creative avenues, Susan published her first novel, Tarnished Idols, A Silver Screen Murder Mystery, and her first collection of poetry, A Walk and Imagine, both available at Smashwords. She has dabbled in website building and podcasting, but her heart has never forgotten her one, true passion: the art of words. With the publication of Haiku Harbor, Susan has returned to her favorite place, the computer keyboard, to continue projects that had been put on the back burner for way too long: the compilation of her second poetry collection, And Autumn Remembers, the second novel in the Silver Screen Murder Mystery series, Reel Madness, and her first children’s book, The Basset Goes To Boston. Also in the works is the first book in a new series called, Distilled Demons, A Speakeasy Mystery. She is thrilled to be back where she belongs. Nothing is more rewarding than lighting the fire that drives the soul.

Susan’s new, personal website is called "Susan Writes Left" ( If you would like to reach her, you can send an email to her at After a prolonged absence, she has also returned to tweeting on Twitter @SusanWritesLeft.

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The Basset Goes To Boston
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Beauregard Brumley, a young basset hound, and his best friend and inventor, Cornelius the Cat, travel back in time to the City of Boston on the night Paul Revere rides through the city to alert everyone to the arrival of the British soldiers. Along the way, the animals they meet help them understand more about this important event and even more about themselves.
Haiku Harbor, Collection #1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The fascinating poetic form of Japanese haiku proves that much can be said by saying little. Through observing our surrounding environment and those things which truly move us, an image is created in precise and compact language. By following haiku’s traditional format, Susan Schoeffield presents a clear snapshot of her spirit, as she explores the world around her.
A Walk And Imagine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
As the artist uses brushes, the poet uses words. The seemingly random poems contained in this collection are connected by a common thread. All of them speak to a part of my life, be it as a writer, a soulmate or a seeker. Together, they create the image of who I am and how I got here. These reflections come to life as my personal portrait, painted by loving hands with words.
Tarnished Idols
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,140. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Peter Gregory is a well-respected playwright with an endless array of quirks. Hired to write a screenplay about a screen goddess who committed suicide fifty years ago, Peter begins to unravel the truth about her life and death. Along the way, he meets people who either want to help him in his quest or end it, even if it means putting an end to Peter. Does he stand a ghost of a chance?

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  • Too Dead To Dance on April 27, 2010

    Too Dead To Dance In the world of cozy mysteries and amateur sleuths, Too Dead Too Dance by Diane Morlan is a brightly shining star. Set in a small Minnesota town during its annual Polka Daze Festival, Ms. Morlan tells a tantalizing story with a well-developed plot featuring interesting, if not somewhat eccentric, characters. Not the least of these characters is the story’s heroine, Jennifer Penny. When her good friend, Sister Bernadine, becomes an unlikely suspect in a murder investigation, Jennifer does what she does best: she snoops around into everybody’s business until she unravels the truth. Like you would feel after relishing a well-seasoned brat washed down by an ice cold Leinenkugel, you’ll find yourself hungry for more of this tasty morsel.
  • Sounds of Murder on June 01, 2010

    What would Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot or Perry Mason have done had there been available today’s latest scientific advancements for solving crimes? They would have presented you with the same type of intriguing mystery found in Patricia Rockwell’s Sounds of Murder. When an overbearing Psychology professor is found strangled, a fellow professor, Dr. Pamela Barnes, wants to help bring the killer to justice. Pamela is convinced crucial evidence can be found using her department’s sophisticated acoustics equipment. But could her amateur sleuthing lead the way to her own sounds of murder? Dr. Rockwell’s interesting characters, enticing storyline and fascinating use of advanced sound technology all blend together to make this book a must-have for your murder mystery library.
  • In Dog We Trust on June 17, 2010

    If you’re looking for a murder mystery that will “wow” you, then you must add Neil Plakcy’s In Dog We Trust to your reading list. There is nothing not to like about this excellent story. Mr. Plakcy creates his lead character, Steve Levitan, an ex-con previously imprisoned for computer hacking, as someone you find yourself pulling for throughout the entire book. And if a likeable parolee isn’t enough, then add to the mix a remarkable golden retriever named Rochester, who adopts Steve after his owner is murdered, and who sniffs out enough clues to keep Steve on track while he tries to solve the mystery. The characters are real and believable and the action never falters. But, perhaps, most endearing is the relationship between Steve and Rochester and how, through the love of a dog, Steve begins to turn his life around. This reviewer hopes In Dog We Trust is the first of many more to come in this highly-entertaining series.