Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Smoky Trudeau  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Aurora, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Smoky Trudeau was born in Aurora, Illinois. Graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and attended Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Smoky also currently resides in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Smoky Trudeau is an author and editor with such passion for the written word she became a workshop instructor in the hopes of passing that passion onto others. She has led her writing and creativity workshops at several Illinois community colleges and other venues across the country. Graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a degree in psychology, Smoky jokes it took her 17 years to finish her degree because she majored in every subject except physics. Her diverse interests led to a career as a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Chicago Parent, Natural Health, and First for Women. Smoky gave up feature writing to turn her attention to her real love, writing fiction and poetry. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Potpourri and CALYX; her poetry in We'Moon, PanGaia, and SageWoman magazines. Her story, The Last Flight Home, was nominated for the 2003 Pushcart Prize. Smoky is the author of two novels, Redeeming Grace and The Cabin, and one work of non-fiction: Front-word, Back-word, Insight Out: Lessons on Writing the Novel Lurking Inside You From Start to Finish.She lives in Champaign but dreams of one day moving to sunny California. The mother of two grown children, when she isn't writing she enjoys organic gardening, reading, and travel.

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Titles At Your Library

Redeeming Grace
ISBN: 098147392X

Vanilla Heart Publishing. 2008

Re-issued as On the Choptank Shores by Smoky Trudeau Zeidel

Front-Word, Back-Word, Insight-Out: Lessons on Writing the Novel Lurking Inside You from Start to Finish
ISBN: 0979654580

Vanilla Heart Publishing. 2008

Front-word, Back-word, Insight-Out: Lessons on Writing the Novel Lurking Inside You from Start to Finish Every day, people sit down in front of a blank computer screen or piece of paper and start to write their own version of the Great American Novel. Many never get beyond "Once upon a time...." Their stories remain stuck inside, where only they can hear them. That s because writing a book is easier said than done. Writing a good book is even harder. Why? Because novel writing is a skill that must be learned, just like a nurse must learn to take a patient s blood pressure, a pilot must learn how to fly, and a concert pianist must learn to read music. Based on her years of teaching writing workshops, author Smoky Trudeau has created a program of step-by-step lessons to teach you how to transform that story stuck inside you into good fiction. You'll learn winning techniques for starting your story and how to decide which character should tell it. You'll gather ideas for writing believable dialogue and developing characters readers will love and those they ll despise. You ll learn how to build tension, write an exciting climax scene, then gracefully bring your story to an end and much, much more. Full of examples and exercises to help you hone your skills, Front-word, Back-word, Insight-Out is the must-read book for anyone who wants to unleash their inner author and free the stories lurking inside.

The Cabin
ISBN: 0981473954

Vanilla Heart Publishing. 2008

REPLACED by ALL NEW EDITION The Cabin by Smoky Trudeau Zeidel


Pushcart Nomination

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