Linda Wood Rondeau
Why I Started Writing:
Like most authors, I’ve always enjoyed writing. In my long career with human services, I used my writing skills in crafting social histories, presenting educational formats for other staff, and public relations. In my early fifties, I felt the pull to move toward writing as a ministry. Yet, bills needed to be paid, and seemingly, I used all my brain power at work. How could I balance a creative writing life with my emotionally draining day job? One day I walked into work and felt as if I was outside myself looking at me within my current situation. God said, “It’s time.” I resigned and my writing career took hold. I don’t recommend new authors quit their day job without ardent prayer. However, in my case, God had to pull me away from that which hindered a concentrated and consecrated ministry. It’s been an exciting journey and one I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Authors Who Have Influenced Me:
Although my primary writing in recent years has been fiction, the book that most influenced my walk with the Lord was How to Be a Christian Without Being Religious by Fritz Ridenour, a study on the Book of Romans. His insights helped me realize God’s unconditional love. Perhaps that is the basis for my theme as a writer: God takes our worst past and creates our best future. Of course, I enjoy C.S. Lewis’ fiction, however, Mere Christianity also had a major impact on my spiritual growth. As for fiction writers, Frank Perretti’s This Present Darkness, opened doors for the modern Christian novel.
Books I Have Written:
Fiddler’s Fling, a story of a young woman who rediscovered her talents and small-town heritage, is my first book with Elk Lake Publishing. My Christmas book, Miracle on Maple Street, will be released in the near future. My debut novel, The Other Side of Darkness/Pelican Book Group, a romantic suspense, won the 2012 Selah Award for that category. Other books, with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, include a finalist for both American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award and Selah Award, A Father’s Prayer, a romance featuring an autistic child; and A Wonderful Love, an Adirondack romance.
What I'm Working On Now:
I hope to complete another nonfiction book entitled, Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt. The emphasis will be on victorious Christian living in a world that rejects God. I am also working on a forthcoming book with Elk, Red Sky Promise, a contemporary fiction set in the Alexandria Bay area of Northern New York. In addition, I have two completed manuscripts I am revising for future publication, Legacy of Regret, an Adirondack romantic suspense, and Hosea’s Heart, a contemporary story of a minister’s search for his runaway wife.