About the Author
The development of Blended calls on her experience as a stepparent, a family therapist, and a teacher of classes and workshops on parenting and child development. She has received awards for her nonfiction writing from the Oregon Writers Colony and Willamette Writers, and was the Grand Prize winner of the Redbook/Cup of Comfort Love Story contest.
Waltz has extensive editorial experience. She taught English composition for fourteen years, and has been in critique groups of professional writers for 18 years. Currently she teaches "Tell 'Em and Sell 'Em" workshops on writing and selling the personal story, and has worked with hundreds of workshop participants to craft excellent pieces.
Her early writing is under the names Samellyn Jones and Samellyn Wood.