In her travels, Susan Fleet has worn many hats: trumpeter, college professor and music historian. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music, she discovered her dark side and began killing people. Fictionally, of course! In 2001 she moved to New Orleans, the setting for her award-winning crime thrillers featuring Homicide Detective Frank Renzi. She now divides her time between Boston and the Big Easy. Although she still plays her trumpet every day, Susan spends most of her time dreaming up new ways to enthrall her crime thriller fans.
Her other passion is promoting talented female musicians, jazz and classical. At Berklee, she created and taught a course about them. Now she writes about them on her website. See them here: http://susanfleet.com/morewomenmusicians.htm In New Orleans, she has given jazzwomen lectures, A Woman's Place is in the Groove and No Man's Band, at the Jazz National Historic Park (2002-2003), the New Orleans International Music Colloquium (2004), Dillard University (2005) and the Smith Regional Library (2005).
In 2012 she was invited to speak about legendary Boston Symphony principal flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer at the Rochester (NY) Music Hall of Fame Awards. Her publications include entries in Scribner’s American Biography about trumpeter Les Elgart, jazz pianist Hazel Scott and conductor Antonia Brico, to name a few. In 2011, she published Women Who Dared, about solo violinist Maud Powell, who recorded for RCA Victor in 1904, and trumpeter Edna White, who gave the first solo trumpet recital in Carnegie Hall in 1949. See http://susanfleet.com/womenwhodared.htm Since her first crime thriller was published in 2008, Susan enjoys speaking about writing crime novels and creating fictional characters. In Louisiana, at the Louisiana Bookfest (2009), the East Bank Regional Library and the Ponchatula Writers Conference (2018). In Boston, at the Popular Cultural Association Conference (2012) and at various events throughout New England. See more at http://susanfleet.com/about-2.htm
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