Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels: Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola. She has also written three memoirs, Songs From a Lead-lined Room, Shelf Life, and Sundays in America. Winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, which recognizes a literary body of works’ contribution to the region, Strempek Shea began writing fiction in her spare time while working as reporter. Her freelance work has appeared in Yankee magazine, The Bark, Organic Style, and ESPN the Magazine. She lives in Bondsville, Massachusetts.
At the winter residency of the Stonecoast MFA program in January 2009, Strempek Shea read from a work-in-progress, Make a Wish, but Not for Money.