Author LINDA RONDEAU Chat


AUTHOR AND DEVOTIONAL WRITER LINDA RONDEAU
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Linda Rondeau

Each month I will feature an interview with an writer or author I have worked with as illustrator. For the month of January 2006, I chat with Linda Rondeau, the creator/author of "According to Daisy: Abundant Living for Moms", which I had the pleasure to illustrate. Linda is also a devotional writer.



Who is Daisy modeled after?

Some say Daisy looks a little like me. But I think she's a cross between Erma Bombeck and Doris Day.

When did you start writing "According to Daisy", and how did she come about?

As a veteran social worker, I wanted to write a column that would be funny but also very practical. In the interim, my daughter had created a "dude" guy. I put a wig on her dude and Daisy was born. You came along and gave Daisy a makeover. Two years previously, I had written a mom book called, Proverbs for Moms. The two seemed a natural union. I revamped the book using Daisy.


KEVIN'S FIRST DRAWING OF "DAISY"
What does the book teach?

I want moms to understand two things: This thing called parenting is not a solo act. God partners with us through the process whether we have a mate or are a single head of household. Secondly, it is my hope that moms will learn what it means to be a child of God.


COVER OF "ACCORDING TO DAISY: ABUNDANT LIVING FOR MOMS", © 2005 BY LINDA RONDEAU.
One chapter in the book is about Daisy enlisting for matrimony but being drafted into motherhood. How does a young mother have time for her husband and children?

A wise woman once told me that a husband is intended to be a lifetime partner. Kids are only temporary. My husband and I have always strived to put the marriage first. By that I mean, the marriage relationship. When kids grow up with parents who respect and love one another, they feel secure.

Do you have faith that an answer to every parenting problem be found in scriptures?

Absolutely. God's Word is sufficient, not only for parenting, but in every area of our lives. The answer may not jump off the page at first glance. But God has promised that those who seek Him will be rewarded: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6 NIV). God will not disappoint anyone who looks to Him, the author and finisher of our faith.


LIFE ISN'T A BED OF ROSES FOR DAISY, BUT SHE BLOOMS WITH FAITH.
What are some of the biggest cultural problems breaking up the family units of today?

Life is a smorgasbord, and our plates are small. We want to sample everything on the menu. Consequently, we end up with a good case of indigestion. I think the biggest problem with today's families is trying to cram too much into too little time. We stress over our schedules more than our simply being.

What was the funniest moment you ever witnessed in the role of being a mother?

I try to multitask to everyone's detriment. I dropped my son off to dance lesson and then ran home to do a load of laundry. I noticed the dirty dishes, and cleaned up the kitchen. Before I knew it, the hour had sped by. I'd forgotten to pick my son back up. I raced to his dance lesson to discover he wasn’t there. I raced home again. Made the trek at least three times. No Jim to be found. I sat down in tears, just as Jim walked through the door. I'd passed him all three times. When I apologized, he simply said, "That's okay, Mom. I know you're forgettable." Kind of humbling to hear it from an eight year old.


SNAPSHOT OF LINDA RONDEAU'S WEBSITE HOMEPAGE
What kind of devotionals or inspirational writing can people find on your website?

In addition to "According to Daisy/Abundant Living for Moms" column, there are articles to think about, poems to inspire, and short stories to nourish the soul.

How do you and Daisy find patience when things become overwhelming?

My elderly mother reminds me daily, "Don't take life so seriously, my dear. Laughing will get you through the toughest times." When the children were babies, I couldn't afford a sitter. I'd put my three preschool children in one cart and lug the groceries in the other. On one trip, the children were especially unruly. I thought I was going to scream until I heard the sound of laughter behind me. It made me step back and look at the humor of my situation. I laughed so hard, the tears rolled down my cheeks. When I turned around, there was no one there. An angel perhaps? Only God knows. But from that day on, I learned not to take life so seriously and find the humor in difficult circumstances.

Where else can your spiritual writings or columns be found?

I am currently writing a column for our local newspaper, The Malone Evening Telegram, entitled "Speaking Of…" The column discusses current events or issues and makes spiritual analogies. I have published articles in several anthologies from Mark Gilroy Communications, including Soul Matters of the Heart, Soul Matters for Women, God's Way for Mothers, and God's Way for Christmas. Upcoming anthologies include: A Classic Christmas (2006), and an anthology that includes stories of romance and love (yet to be titled) to be released in August by the Cup of Comfort folks.


LINDA WRITES "SPEAKING OF..." FOR THE MALONE TELEGRAM NEWSPAPER.
Are there other Daisy books to follow this one, and what will they focus on?

The next Daisy project will be a twelve book series with devotions on the go. Topics will include, "If Life Were Fair We'd All Be Bald", "Husbands and Other Strangers" and "I Prayed For Patience, God Gave Me Children."

What is your upcoming sci-fi book "G.L.I.C.K." about?

A clumsy alien is sent to earth to catalogue its cultural heritage. However, this particular alien is more interested in the behavioral and sports aspects of the planets he studies, areas forbidden to Gathers of Lore and Intergalactic Cultural Knowledge. During a teletransportation accident, the alien finds himself stranded in a small Indiana town. He is befriended by three earth children, one of whom feels as alienated in Ellis Grove as the extraterrestrial he befriends. Harassed by the local bully, Jeremy hopes to win the yearly skateboarding contest. He finds unexpected friendship from two unlikely sources—one of which is a four-foot, six-armed silver intergalactic librarian.

Any final comment about your writing pathway?

I've always loved to write. I received my first writing award in elementary school. I published articles for our school newspaper and wrote plays for church. I wrote for therapy. During my twenty-five years as a social worker, I wrote policies and procedures as well as case studies. But not until 2000 did God call me to write as a ministry. I have completed my fourth novel and hope to begin my fifth soon, a fictional account of how my husband and I met, called The Blonde and the Boy Scout.

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