- Women's Fiction, poetry, juvenile fiction
I am Delores Feeken-Schmidt (a.k.a. Dee). I grew up as a military dependent, traveling and living around the world. Through my travels I experienced not only beautiful destinations, but also the psychology of people in different cultures and environments. As I thought about the advantages of travel and wished my children could have had a similar background, the seed of my first novel, Isabel's Journey, took root. When my mother successfully completed her goal of visiting all seven continents and brought virtual trips home to her family through her travel stories, fact met fiction, and the novel became more than just an idle dream.
In November 2010, Lisa Kovanda challenged me to join the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Isabel and her daughters were born and quickly took over the manuscript, leaving the author with the responsibility to pen the story as they told it. 50,604 words later the preliminary novel was done and ready for considerable editing.
With a lifetime of experiences to draw from, I look at everything with an eye toward writing about it. I have dabbled writing since my teens. Looking back at those early endeavors, I shake my head and understand why I received rejections, but I do admire that girl who took a chance...she won awards for some of her early writing and was proud to be named Poet Laureate of her Senior Class of Western High School in Anaheim, California.
A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then. There have been thousands of words written, for fun, for emotion, for special events. I wanted to be published, and was successful in a few minor ways, but my writing was mostly just a hobby. In the Fall of 2013, I was offered an excellent opportunity: The Local Muse critique group invited her to join their ranks. My life changed. My writing changed. My passion for writing was born. No more dabbling. Now Tuesday evenings find me on the Interstate, headed for Seward with pages from my current work in progress to share with my Muse sisters. This is the high point of my week!
I'm still busy finding my platform, and investigating all of the available resources and how I can best use them. I still have a 40-hour day job as of this writing, but retirement is looking better all the time...all I really want to do is write!
In my physical life, I live in Crete, with my husband, two independent cats, an adoring pound puppy, and a pampered poodle. Spending time with my three adult kids and five grandchildren whenever possible is a treat. Life is good. I have been a member of NWG off and on (mostly on) since 1985.
Isabel's Journey was my first published book, the product of the 2010 NaNoWriMo project. In 1996 I wrote the activity book for the Nebraska Summer Reading Program under contract with the Library Commission. Also have various published articles in Newspapers and magazines and many poems and essays upon request from friends and relatives.