Velda is a native of
Arkansas, and lives in the Ozarks with her husband. They have two
children, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She has been
writing nonfiction and fiction since 1985 and has 12 books in print,
six of which are historical romance. Fourteen of her short stories are
featured in regional anthologies. Her historical columns have appeared
in local newspapers since 1990. She conducts workshops, speaks at
conferences and is co-chair of a successful critique group founded in
She received 3 merit awards
from the Arkansas Press Association; her biography Fly With the
Mourning Dove was a finalist in the 2008 WILLA Literary awards for
creative nonfiction; in 2010 she was given a Distinguished Citizen
Award for her efforts to preserve Ozark history.
She and her husband have
visited all the locales in which her books are set. She is convinced
that the spirits speak to her and guide her toward the creativity that
sparks her writing. That was particularly true of Wolf Song
during a trip to the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming.
The couple visit many historical sites where she picks up the vibes
from out of the past and weaves stories around those special auras.
She’s been known to sit on a stone in a cemetery and carry on a long
conversation with the spirits gathered there.