author photoSusan Marie Murdoch grew up on the seacoast of Maine, and currently resides in Taos, NM. She has an eclectic collection of scholastic achievements. Susan attended the Military Police Academy at Fort McClellan, Alabama, while serving in the United States Army as well as graduating from the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts, in Hudson, NH, as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Science from McIntosh College in Dover, NH, and spent 16 years working as a Licensed Nursing Assistant in the surrounding communities.

As the Illustrator, Susan was a member of the Kittery Art Association, and student of the Art Instruction School, Minneapolis, MN. She is currently working on several other children books, and the corresponding screen play based on her newly released book, Iwogs Adventures in Bully Blues.

Susan’s other published work include Old Friend, a short story published in the 2011 Goose River Anthology.

FRONT COVER FINAL_drop_shadowPlaid Frogs, Blue Toads, & Pink Pollywog’s, is a vibrant and inspirational children’s picture book of hope and courage, that’s simply fun to read. Join George, the frog, and his friends on their journey as they search for a cure for their unusual condition. It is a book that through the characters emotions, gives a parent, teacher or caregiver the opportunity to dialog with a child and ask some important questions concerning emotions and feelings in a non-threatening approach.

So much attention and energy is spent on the diagnosis, treatment, Dr. Visits, and getting through their daily lives, that discussion of feelings and emotions are often avoided or suppressed. It may be that the parent feels the child is too young to understand. It could be that the parent wants to remain strong for the child and is afraid to show their fear or vice versa.

It’s important to discuss and validate what our children are feeling. This is also true for the issue of bullying as well, which is the topic of her newest book Iwogs Adventures in Bully Blues. We must build that bond of trust so as they grow older and head into those difficult years, facing challenges in school and on the street, it will be second nature for them to come to you with problems, questions, and guidance.”
bubblesSusan’s newest book Iwogs Adventures in Bully Blues, is a story that brings an awareness of an important issue in today’s society, Bullying. See how the Iwogs struggle with bully’s Snip and Snap, the turtle brothers, and how together they learn that with kindness and forgiveness anything is possible. It is key to bring awareness at an early age, to help children understand what bullying is, and to recognize, it so they may seek help if needed, or avoid becoming a bully themselves.

Susan’s Cause:

The book Plaid Frogs, Blue Toads & Pink Pollywog’s was inspired by Susan’s brother-in-law, George Murdoch’s courageous fight with lung cancer and her involvement with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, throughout the years. A portion of the proceeds of Plaid Frogs, Blue Toads & Pink Pollywog’s goes to the American Cancer Society.

Susan’s book Iwogs Adventures in Bully Blues, was inspired by her own daughter’s struggles with bullying in grade school. Susan found that her daughters bullying experience came from the fear of the unknown. Her daughter was born with a birth defect that left her daughter with a condition called Goldenhar Syndrome, which caused facial deformities and the need for multiple surgeries throughout her childhood. Susan found that if she educated the class and included them in her daughter’s ordeal of surgeries and appointments by taking photos and sharing with the other students that the bullying subsided considerably. Knowledge is key in all aspects of life.


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