About Susan Stroh 2022-02-22T10:20:25-08:00

About Susan Stroh

Susan and her team of experts work with you to create the memoir you envision.


As an award-winning writer, editor, coach and memoir instructor, Susan uses her expertise, experience, love of working with people, and her efficiency to help you at any stage of your memoir development to complete a manuscript ready for publication.

Susan Stroh - Author Book Signing

Background: From the stages of New York City to the pages of Life Magazine, Susan spent her youth flourishing as a dancer/actor. Before and after college, Susan was a professional stage and film actor. She pursued her passion for movie-making as a script supervisor, director and writer. During this time, Susan wrote her award-winning screenplay, Cloudberries.

As a journalist, Susan published articles, particularly about human interest and travel experiences.  For the last decade Susan has pursued her greatest passion—creatively collaborating with clients to discover and write their life stories. She has written, co-written, ghostwritten, or coached and edited eighteen memoirs and four health books. She has run successful workshops on memoir: one writing group continued for six years.

Education: Susan has pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in English Literature, theater arts, writing, directing, screenwriting, filmmaking and memoir writing, at Boston University School of Fine Arts and College of Liberal Arts, UCLA, Long Ridge Writer’s Group, and studied with John Truby of the The Truby Studio, Dr. Linda Seger, Robert McKee and Eric Sherman.

Honors:  Susan’s honors include a Writer’s Digest short story contest award for The Kernel and a Carl Sautter Screenwriting award for a dramatic love story entitled Cloudberries.  She received the Homberg Award for best commercial of San Diego and an Editor’s Choice Award for poetry

Susan lives with her husband, cat and dog in Southern California.  They have a grown son in Orange County and large families on both coasts and in the mid-west.

Susan Stroh Association Involvement: Independent Writers of Southern California
Susan Stroh Association Involvement: Non Fiction Authors Association
Susan Stroh Association Involvement: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Susan Stroh Association Involvement: Pen America
Susan Stroh Association Involvement: Women's National Book Association
Susan Stroh Association Involvement: American Society of Journalists and Authors
Susan Stroh Association Involvement: National Association of Memoir Writers
“Regarding the biography that Susan has written for our client, she has done an excellent job on the project. She is a great writer. She is extremely conscientious and organized. Susan is an idea generator and was instrumental in the writing of the book. She possesses solid listening and communication skills that allow her to effectively deal with any matter. She takes pride in her work and her professionalism.”
Echo Media Group
“Susan Stroh’s writing captures readers with innovative ideas that are uniquely expressed. Her work invites transformation of mind and spirit. As a book coach and editor she has the ability to work with writers and help them discover their purpose and the essence of their material. Then with a palette of talent, originality and wisdom, she creates.”
Barbara Sherman, Author
“Thank you Susan for the most therapeutic year of my life writing my memoir with you.”


Susan and her specialists are at the heart of bringing your story to life.

Susan Stroh - Memoir Writer

Susan Stroh

Interviewer, Writer, Editor, Coach & Instructor

As a writer, editor, coach and workshop facilitator, Susan applies over 30 years of creative work experience collaborating on stories that inspire and create impact word-by-word, page-by-page, book-bybook.

Karen Brannon

Karen Brannon

Administrative Assistant, Research, Transcription

I met Susan Stroh in 2011 when she was on location in Tennessee to interview my father and the family for a memoir book. The process was fascinating to me especially as I watched Susan engage with my father and get him to open up and talk about things that none of the family had ever heard. During the process I began to assist Susan in all kinds of administrative support with research, photography, and transcription. Since then, Susan has hired me on several projects as an administrative assistant and transcriber.

Gwen MacKessy

Gwen MacKessy

Transcription Expert

Since 2010, I’ve been fortunate enough to transcribe a great array of audio interviews and spoken word pieces. Human interest stories have always been a favorite of mine and being able to contribute to peoples’ memoirs is always an exciting aspect of my transcription work. Of course, I adhere to the strictest confidentiality, never sharing private information.

Cyndi Tobin - Proofreader

Cyndie Tobin


Cyndie Tobin, as an experienced and fastidious proofreader, makes sure your document has no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, tenses, logic and sentence structure. She does not interfere with the writer’s voice while she seeks clarity in communication.

Shawn Kelly - Cover Art & Typesetting

Shawn Kelly

Cover Art & Typesetting

Shawn Kelly is a versatile graphic designer and artist with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. With a varied background that includes marketing, branding and advertising, she understands the importance of a compelling cover design that visually captures a book’s essence and grabs the reader’s attention. She also designs the inner pages of books, a process called typesetting.


Randy Tobin - Cover Art

Randy Tobin

Cover Art, Typesetting, Producer & Sound Engineer for Audio Books

In one life, Randall Michael Tobin is an award-winning audio producer and engineer; in another, he’s an accomplished typesetter, and graphic designer. He uses his skills to create stellar-quality recordings, CDs, books and packaging. Visit Theta Sound

Lynda Hubbard - Marketing

Lynda Hubbard

Marketing Expert

Lynda Cain Hubbard is the founder of Trend Creators. She and her team do market research for authors: including marketing strategies, pure research, positioning and branding. She is also an expert in book covers and she tests to see the impression certain designs make.