On Being an Odd Duck

My inspiration and my duck collection

My maiden name is Waddell. As a child the name caused me a lot of unhappiness. Children would call out “Waddle, waddle, quack, quack.” Many duck jokes and references were made at my expense. I cried a lot. It seems silly now. As an elementary school child, it was hurtful.

Fast forward to three years ago when God called me to be a writer. I felt driven to journey for the first time by myself across two bridges to get to

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God’s Promise

Cassandra and Ezra August 2000

The rainbow at the top of this website is a picture that I took many years ago.  We were at Camp Sunshine in Lake Sebago, Maine attending a family camp for pediatric oncology survivors.  My daughter had just finished treatment for Neuroblastoma IV a few months earlier.  We were at a camp barbecue when we looked up and saw that magnificent rainbow and felt assured of God’s promises. 

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Writing Becomes Real

This is my first official blog post.  I have been writing most of my life. In the past few years, I have been on a journey to become an author.  When you transition from being a writer to an author it becomes real.

I believe that God has called me to be an author so I want to get it right!  My first step in faith was to go to a Christian writers conference in July 2017.  The conference was in Montrose, PA and it was the first time I drove by myself over a bridge and off of Long Island, NY.  Whenever I got nervous (which was often), I would raise my hand and declare that Jesus was my co-pilot.  It was a week of great growth and revelation.  It quickly became obvious you don’t write a book and voila you’re an author.  There is a lot of hard work that must go into the finished product.  There were terms and requirements that I never knew existed – one sheets, elevator proposals, query letters, book proposals and manuscripts to name a few.  It seemed I needed all of these to evolve from writer to author.  I came home humbled and energized.

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