Day 3 The Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Anthology Contributor Day

by @thewritermama on May 3, 2011 · 34 comments

Today, I’d like to present Judy M. Miller, Samantha Ducloux Waltz, and Emily Chadwick Baker, for our anthology day. These lovely ladies will each give away a signed anthology copy today, so that’s three chances to win a book today for three participants! Enjoy…

Judy M. Miller

Scared to pieces at first, Judy M. Miller has found writing to be centering and cathartic. She rediscovered herself and confidence in the process of finding her voice. She finds blocks of time to write while her four kids are in school, typically loosening up with a few prompts. Her essays and articles appear in adoption and parenting magazines. Judy’s stories are included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom (Chicken Soup for the Soul), A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families: Stories That Celebrate a Special Gift of Love (Adams Media), Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? (EMK Pres), Sensational Journeys (Future Horizons), and Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (Key Publishing House). Learn more about Judy at

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom (Chicken Soup for the Soul), is an amazing tribute to mothers the world over. The stories will make you smile, laugh and cry. Perfect for Mother’s Day or those special women in your life. Judy’s essay, “The Chest,” is included in the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom. Chicken Soup for the Soul editor Wendy Walker said, “I chose ‘The Chest’ because it captured the essence of the mother-daughter relationship. A mother has been through the stages of life the daughter will soon pass, and yet for the daughter to pass through them, she must separate from her mother. So here we had this mother knowing what would be important to her daughter years down the road.”

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Samantha Ducloux Waltz:

Samantha Ducloux Waltz is an award-winning freelance writer in Portland, Oregon. Her personal stories appear in the Chicken Soup For The Soul series, A Cup of Comfort series, and numerous other anthologies as well as Redbook and Christian Science Monitor.  She has also written fiction and nonfiction under the name Samellyn Wood. More at

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life is the most recent in the acclaimed Chicken Soup series. “Double Love” by Samantha Ducloux Waltz is one of 101 heartwarming, entertaining and inspirational stories about all the ages and stages of our best friends and faithful companions, from puppyhood  to the senior years.


1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

My success as a writer is essential to my sense of self.  I’ve always been very achievement oriented, and that is evidently something one does not outgrow. When I get a contract for a story I feel better about myself. Like getting an “A” in school. My mother was a successful writer and maybe I inherited a “must publish” gene.  Although I value the work of other writers whether they are published or not, I feel driven to see my work in print.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

Three words that describe my writing process are: meditative, focused, and centering.

3. What good has your book created in the world?

A woman contacted me who ended an abusive relationship after reading one of my stories about my divorce.  A man from Iraq contacted me who said his world view became much more positive and hopeful after he read a story I wrote about my older son’s successful battle against depression that followed his disabling accident. The man explained that he turned to the story frequently, and he quoted parts of it that particularly influenced him. (The credit really goes to my son.)  I’ve had other comments and compliments, but these are the two most dramatic examples.

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Emily Chadwick Baker

Emily Chadwick is a freelance writer with regular gigs as a small town columnist, general reporter and feature writer.  Her monthly newspaper column, “On a shoestring,” currently runs in two Pacific Northwest newspapers. In 2010 Emily co-founded the Terroir Creative Writing Festival which has featured several nationally acclaimed writers including Ursula K. Le Guin, Jean Auel, Molly Gloss, Monica Drake and Larry Colton, Christina Katz and many others. She continues to help organize the event by coordinating authors, building schedules, negotiating contracts, and writing copy. She lives in a 102 year old house in the heart of Oregon’s wine country with her husband and children. Learn more at

Just Moms: Conveying Justice In An Unjust World
Edited by Melanie Springer Mock and Rebekah D. Schneiter

Conveying the principles and the practice of justice to young children is no small task. In this poignant, honest, and sometimes witty collection of stories, 27 women share their adventures and misadventures modeling social-justice principles for their children and communities. Just Moms is about moms bending their own rules and redefining success as they work to raise kids who value peace, equality, truth, simplicity, and love.


1. How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?
Writing my essay, “Digging for Answers,” which was included in the book, Just Moms, has given me the confidence to set goals and pursue them.  For a brief moment when the book was released, I celebrated the accomplishment of publication, then I quickly shifted my focus to “next time.” Before this anthology I wondered if a book deal was in my future. Now, I think about how hard I must to work to ensure that one is.

2. What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?
Write despite distraction

3. What good has your book created in the world?
Stories, both fiction and non-fiction, help us make sense of the world and our experiences. I think readers of Just Moms walk away from the book knowing they are not alone as they negotiate, and sometimes struggle with, important child rearing issues and decisions.  Though this book is written from a Christian perspective, the experiences shared by  mom writers feel familiar to any mother, regardless of religious creed or beliefs. At its best, the book might even change the way moms think about each other.

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Thanks for participating, Judy, Samantha, and Emily!

I am curious how many of you have written for anthologies or maybe even created one. My “first” book was an anthology of my former students’ work called Rhapsody In Writing.

Have you ever submitted your work to an anthology? If so, which one or what kind? Let us know if you are a member of the anthology creator’s club.

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Judy, Samantha, and Emily are allowed to answer too, but not until tomorrow because they can’t win their own books.

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Please spread the word.

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