Smoky Zeidel is a novelist and poet, whose love of the natural world is thematic in all she writes. She taught writing and creativity workshops for many years and was a frequent speaker at writer's conferences at venues throughout the Midwest before succumbing to her bohemian urges and moving to Southern California. Her work has earned her eight nominations for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.
Smoky lives in the Coachella Valley with her husband Scott, two cats, and a Chihuahua named Tufa (who considers herself the Boss of Everything). She is an avid desert gardener, an orchid grower, and monarch caterpillar rancher.
It’s the early twentieth century, and the tragic deaths of her mother and two younger siblings have left Grace Harmon responsible for raising her sister Miriam and protecting her from their abusive father Luther, a zealot preacher with a penchant for speaking in Biblical verse who is on a downward spiral toward insanity.
In the midst of his delusions, Luther believes God has abandoned him and devises a plan to get back into His good graces—a plan that puts both his daughters’ lives in danger and unleashes a frenzy of events that threaten to destroy the entire family.
Will Luther succeed in carrying out his crazed plot against his daughters, or will an unlikely hero step in to rescue them all?
Redeeming Grace is available in print, eBook, and audiobook formats.
James-Cyrus Hoffmann has just inherited his grandfather's farm, and with it a mysterious cabin deep in the woods on Hoffmann mountain, a cabin he has dreamed about since childhood. When James-Cyrus enters the cabin, he is vaulted back through time to the Civil War era, where he meets Elizabeth, the brave young woman who lives there, and Malachi, a runaway slave.
James-Cyrus' neighbor, Cora, knows all too well the tragic history of the cabin. When James-Cyrus tells Cora about Elizabeth, Malachi, and his fantastic vault back through time, the two devise a plan to change the past and right a wrong that has haunted the Hoffmann family for generations. But can they find the key to unlock the past in time to change what history said happened to Elizabeth and Malachi?
The Cabin is available in print, eBook, and audiobook formats.
THE STORYTELLERS BRACELET
It is the late 1800s, and a shameful time in American history. The U.S. Government has mandated native tribes send their young people to Indian schools where they are stripped of their native heritage by people they think of as The Others.
Otter and Sun Song are members of The Tribe, and betrothed to be married when they turn eighteen. But when they are sent East to school, Otter, renamed Gideon, tries to adapt, while Sun Song does not, resulting in brutal attacks from the school headmaster. Gideon, thinking Sun Song has spurned him, turns for comfort to Wendy Thatcher, the daughter of a wealthy school patron, beginning a forbidden affair of the heart.
But the Spirits have different plans for Gideon and Sun Song. "You are both child and mother of The Original People," Sun Song is told. "When it is right, you will be safe once more." What follows is a harrowing journey through time and the Five Worlds of the Desert Southwest tribes.
The Storytellers Bracelet is available in print, eBook, and audiobook formats.
SOMETIMES I THINK I AM LIKE WATER
In this moving book of poetry, Smoky Zeidel celebrates her walk with nature while exploring the peaks and valleys of life through her kinship with the natural world.
In "Crescent Meadow," she shares her deep and abiding love for the flora and fauna of this planet we call home. Through "On the Anniversary of My Father’s Death," she reflects on the cycle of life while remembering her father, who has sent her a gift every year since his passing. In "I’ve Always Thought I Am Like Water," Zeidel takes us on her personal odyssey of growth and discovery. And in "Hush," she invites us to stop, listen, and connect.
Sometimes I Think I Am Like Water is available in both print and eBook formats.
Shadowed Places is a collection of four short stories:
"Leap": A brave woman prepares to take her final journey.
"Breathe": How many people can pinpoint the precise time their marriage died; can repeat verbatim the words that sent the marriage plunging into the grave?
"Goodbye, Emily Dickinson": Sometimes the delusion is what helps us get through the reality. Originally published in CALYX Literary Journal.
"Lesser Offenses": Stepmothers had disappeared before, for lesser offenses. It was Carlotta's time to go.
Shadowed Places is available in eBook format.
“The way I see it,” said Daniel, “the fence lizard eats the fly, so the fly becomes part of the fence lizard. The fly is the fence lizard. The fence lizard gets eaten by the snake, and thus becomes the snake. What’s to say that snake won’t get snatched up by a Golden Eagle, and thus become the eagle?”
Does the same principle apply to humans? Marina is about to find out.
Transformed is available in eBook format.