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druzelle cederquist*


I have lived in West Africa, traveled on four continents, and made my home in varied regions of the U.S. These days my writer window looks out on Austin, Texas, where mockingbirds perch in the topmost tree branches and warble their songs to the day.

I am a biographer, an occasional poet and blogger. The Story of Baha’u’llah: Promised One of All Religions is a biography of the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. In writing it I used the techniques of fiction to tell a true story – an approach called creative nonfiction – which readers say, “made me feel like I was there.”

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Druzelle Cederquist∗ is author of The Story of Baha’u’llah: Promised One of All Religions. Her website Luminous Realities at druzellecederquist.com features reader enrichments – videos, photos, printable timelines, maps, and more – and includes her blog Luminous Realities: Exploring the Creative Process.

Ms. Cederquist has a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. concentration in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and training as a writing workshop leader. She has published poetry in World Order Magazine, Orison, and other publications, and short essays online and elsewhere.

(∗pronounced Dru-ZEL SEE-der-kwist)
As I wrote The Story of Baha’u’llah I also discovered that arts, science, and the Baha'i Faith converge to support the creative spirit. To share their practical principles I created a paradigm – a simple visual model – to represent the attitudes and strategies that take the myth out of what it takes to be creative. I write about these topics and more in my blog Luminous Realities: Exploring the Creative Process.

What else appeals to me? I love the language of poetry and of music, and that we are learning the languages of animals. I am intrigued with the science of minds, that brains change with experience, the human race evolves, and that true religion opens imagination, mind, and heart to fresh, undreamed-of possibilities. I read more nonfiction than fiction and I write to answer questions – my own and my readers’.

I especially like to hear from readers – how The Story of Baha’u’llah connects with you; any questions you may have; and how you share the book with family, friends, and community. I encourage you to peruse my website for book-related photos, videos, printable timelines, maps, and other reader enrichments.

Would you like an author visit to your community event, bookstore, or regional school? Time together to practice story-telling? Listen to a sample presentation here and contact me.

My background includes a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language, and training as an AWA writing workshop leader. I have published poetry in World Order Magazine and other publications, short essays online and elsewhere, and have facilitated writer workshops. I am currently writing a second biography, ‘Abdu’l-Baha and the Destiny of America, a companion volume to the first.

My husband and I have two grown sons. Among my plans for the future are travel to destinations as yet unvisited and the nurture of friendships old and new – and perhaps a visit to your community!

*(pronounced Dru-ZEL SEE-der-kwist)



"A Baha’i Perspective"  with host Warren Odess-Gillett
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There are a number of books that describe (the life of) Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. What
is unique about the book that you wrote?”

An east coast interview with radio host Warren Odess-Gillett.

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"Book Talk, Creativity, and FamilyMatters"  with host Anjuelle Floyd

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I wonder what would Baha’u’llah say to this? ” Anjuelle would say, and at the end, remarked that our interview had “opened up another reality for me.”

A west coast interview with author Anjuelle Floyd.

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  • What inspired you to write "The Story of Baha'u'llah?"
    The answer traces back to my own spiritual questions – a questioning that comes to me by inheritance. From the ancestor imprisoned in a Swiss castle dungeon for his religious belief. From his sons who crossed the Atlantic to seek religious freedom in the New World. My own quest led me to investigate the life of Baha’u’llah.

    Journey to a Sacred City

    The Extraordinary Life of Baha’u’llah
  • The Story of Baha’u’llah reads like a novel. Is it all true?"
    Yes, absolutely. To tell a true story in this vivid way is to write creative nonfiction. I share what it means to this story in Breathing Life into a Body of Facts.
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  • What do readers say about The Story of Baha’u’llah?
    So many good things! See comments from readers old and young, from the curious to the scholar on Reader Reviews.
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  • What does it take to be creative?
    Hard work. Paying attention. Perseverance. Networking. Taking the myth out of what it takes to be creative is what my Creative Strategies paradigm is all about, and a topic of my blog.

    Read more at Luminous Realities: Exploring the Creative Process

Creative Paradigm
creative paradigm

Strategies – Practices – Attitudes
for A Creative Life
and Growing a Writer’s Brain



The joy of poetry comes in the subtle gleam of a thing un-earthed – a sliver of insight, a fresh perspective, a new discovery that transforms an old under-standing. Here is a sampling of my own poems, among them Black Butterfly Moon, Oasis, and Naming Ceremony.
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These essays first appeared as online columns at Religion And Spirituality
and The Baha’i Road.
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