I love children (mom to 22, grand mom to 35, great grandmom to 7!) chocolate, camping, road-trips, writing, reading mysteries and more, standing up and speaking up for those without a voice. I have worked in children's services, policy and advocacy for 35 years. Married to my best friend, I divide my time between my home and kids in Philadelphia and traveling to speak and teach on the topics I am passionate about - healing and hope for children who have experienced trauma, foster care, adoption, permanent families for all kids, and more. My faith is my rock. After the 3rd of our 3 terminally ill children passed away in 2012 we decided the time had come to write our story and so we are proud and excited to share "Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting & Raising 22 Kids" with you all!
Ahhh, the writing part? Seriously, - I should say the “disciplined writing” part. Some days my fingers on the keyboard can’t keep up with my own brain (even though I am FAST at the keyboard) but other days, I don't’ feel like writing at all and yet a deadline looms. I need more discipline.
My cures are to take a walk, switch up and work on a different project for a while, pray, ask my husband or one of my kids for ideas, go back and read the last section of what I wrote OUT LOUD (reading out loud really helps!) or take a nap. And if all that fails, a little chocolate and a glass of white wine.
The Larch lean-to at Maidstone Lake in Vermont or a cabin on a quiet stretch of ocean ANYWHERE as long as you can also see mountains.
Yes, mostly. But shhhh – don’t tell my kids that please.
I do read the reviews. I don’t generally respond to them, I don’t know, it feels sort of self-indulgent to respond. I can get 100 good reviews and one bad one and the bad one will gnaw at me. When that happens, I try to remember to be humble, give gratitude to God for the gift of writing and the opportunity to write and then ask what I can learn from it.
Besides writing, I teach and speak. In addition to being a mom of 22 (19 still living) now-adult children and 35 grandchildren. But if I couldn’t do any of those things, I would manage a campground. Or a bookstore. Or a bookstore at a campground. Yeah. That would be the best.
Don’t put it off. For years, most of my writing was undercover – that is, I did a lot of writing for my employers, but nothing that was published in my name. I kept putting it off “until” . . . . Until what? Until my kids were grown? Until I got that elusive Master’s Degree and Ph.D. that I never got? (Although I have a Ph.D. in parenting at this point, I am pretty sure!) Until I could afford to stop working full time and just devote myself to writing. Suddenly I was 50 and realized those “until” moments were not ever coming my way so I better just sit my amply-padded behind down at the computer and start writing in every spare moment!
I am a huge fan of local bookstores and wish they would carry my books, but I know any bookstore can order them. So try your local bookseller. But of course Amazon, Barnes and Noble and DeepShopping.com are also all options online. Or order directly from my website www.suebadeau.com and you can get an autographed copy!
I have a blog on my website, www.suebadeau.com and I am also on twitter @SueBadeau and LinkedIn – Sue Badeau, and two Facebook pages, one is Sue Badeau, Speaker-Author-Trainer and the other is Susan Badeau.