The first story I wrote (and illustrated) was called My Dog Clementine, and it was selected for publication in the national children's magazine, Stone Soup. That event spurred the author in my eight-year-old bones, and from then on, I have always dealt with the world around me using pen and paper.
It was my husband, Todd, who encouraged me to sit a spell and write an actual novel back in 2012. Three years later, Just Over the Ridge was released. It was an excruciating process, writing that book. Not the storyline, character development, or relaying of action, but the writing-the process of painting a lovely picture in the reader's mind.
I decided to take a break from my second novel to focus on writing poetry- something that I thought might help me write more lyrically-and soon, Down Home on the Yellowstone was born. I create cards, journals, and art with my poems. Our love of wood and found objects makes every poetry piece truly one-of-a-kind. The wonderful thing about a poem is that each reader sees and takes what they need from it. A poem is able to so quickly enter a person's heart & mind.
Subsequently, Beyond a Big Sky, my second and newest novel, was much more enjoyable for me to write! And hopefully, the prose itself is as enjoyable to the reader as the storyline.
As in most of my work, the need to reconcile human problems and behaviors is very much present in Beyond a Big Sky.
My belief in God, (and humanity, resilience, redemption) is the driving force behind my craft.
I also love humor, adventures, and kids, hence, I wrote and illustrated The Crow, the Tree, and Me. It's a hoot to read, and super fun to listen to!
I am currently camping out with my hubby as we build our new off-grid home. I have a third novel started-just sitting in a file waiting to be tended to. It promises to be my best and new favorite.
Books by Aud Steinfeldt:
Poems Available for Cards & Journals
Other Poems by Aud Steinfeldt:
Besides working on novels and short stories, Aud is currently marketing her line of poetry cards and signs as Down Home on the Yellowstone. You can find her at Red Ants Pants Festival in White Sulphur Springs, July 28-31 (YEEE-haw!). You can also purchase her work at Montana Made Lillie Pad Boutique in Deer Lodge, Cinnabar Creek in Big Timber, and Meadowlark Moose in Philipsburg.