A Master Storyteller
Welch is a master storyteller. I find her writing to be
very much on the order
of what is
considered, in old terms, a true storyteller, one that
takes the nucleus and expands
it to take
on all the senses -- I can see what she sees, hear
what she hears,
taste what she smells and tastes. Most importantly,
though, I feel what she feels."
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From the Author
I have been
writing since age nine. A multi-generational poet,
I have always enjoyed the beauty and flow, the
cadence and flavor of words.
lying upstairs in the old farmhouse, snuggled down
in a feather bed, buried beneath layers of homemade
quilts. Fully awake, I would listen to my mother,
father, grandmother, grandfather, aunts and uncles
talking, their voices drifting up to me through the
heat vent in the floor. I enjoyed the music of
their speech, the meter: the up and down patterns
and the various inflections and tones of each
Many of the
patterns were the same. They were from the same
family, after all. But some had moved away, as my
mother had, to the “big city” and her speech had
changed – evolved. I found this fascinating!
“Well, I’ll red up the table then.” Her voice is
deep in her throat, resonant and rich. Mom answers
“Okay, Mother. I’ll help you clean up,” this said
much lighter and higher in the throat. Aunt Louise
replies “Fetch them dishes on over here then, Mam-maw.”
Like Mawmaw, she speaks deep within the larynx,
emitting the same sonorous sound. Beautiful!
Exhilarating! It was difficult to drift off in
spite of the caressing feathers and quilts. Who
could sleep with this verbal lullaby just one floor
wealth of dialect and poetry surrounding me
throughout my childhood, it was no wonder I became a
writer. What else could I do but scribe the music
of my family’s voice?
the New Apple Award
Release on Amazon
"Spirit Woman" builds off of my past and
includes the true stories of three other
women who suffered from domestic abuse.
Wrapped into one, heart-rending story,
"Spirit Woman" tells the tale of Nickie
Bahiti (buy-a-tie - ghost or spirit) Greene.
Desperate for love, she grabs it when she
can and finds herself in a living hell.
As the story unfolds, we are witness to
Nickie's bravery and the loyalty and courage
of her friend Beau. Does she escape and does
Beau manage to save her, or will she ride
the wing of Wakinyan Zitka (Wah-keen-yahn-zheet-kah
– The Thunderbird) to the edge of the
universe where she would walk the five steps
to the Spirit Path and into the Spirit
Best Native American Fiction 2011
Seller on Amazon
About the Author
When Tankse (elder
sister) approached me about writing a novel from
a Native American woman's point of view, I had
serious reservations. Too often we, as Native
people, are romanticized or stereotyped into the
same tired versions of what people think
we are, the "forgotten people" or "forgotten
race", because so many fall for the stereotypes
of us often portrayed in Hollywood movies,
sports team mascots, and history books, not
realizing that we are still here. We are over
500 culturally and linguistically distinct
nations strong. We are still here - and still
So when asked if I was okay with her writing the
book, and if I would act as a consultant, I had
to pray to decide if such a project should go
forward and if I felt worthy of adding my voice
to such a project. Finally I talked over my
fears with Debra, my brother and "Spiritual
Advisor" Joe Red Bear, ultimately deciding to
In Cedar Woman, Debra has bypassed a lot
of the usual hype and BS often associated with
Native culture, producing an honest, clear eyed
look at who we really are, albeit through
a fictional character. She deliberately decided
to not show the darker side of our
culture: something I appreciate!
I especially love how thorough she was in
researching the subject matter, and I deeply
admire her dedication to giving a more realistic
look into our culture, including much of our
Lakota language and several of our favorite
While I realize that, unless you have lived as a
Native, either on or off the rez, you will
never completely understand what it is to be
Native. I think that Debra has a pretty good
handle on who and what we as Native people are
really about. And, thankfully, she did not rely
on just my voice alone. The resulting story is
one I am proud to say I was a part of, and I am
proud to call her my "Sister By Choice".
Hecetu welo, mitakuye oyapi.
I have spoken, it is so. I am finished.
Mitakuye oyasin, all my relations.
Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau
Soon in Audio!
Winner of FaithWriter's Gold Seal of Approval -
Outstanding Read, Books&Authors Excellence in
Literature, AllBooksReview's Editor's Choice Award
2010 and Book&Authors Best Non-Fiction 2010.
Best Seller on Amazon
It would be easy to accept this book as 'another
adoption story', that is until you read it. From the
first words the reader is caught up in the account,
enthralled by not just the tale but the telling of
it. Ms. Shiveley Welch's talent reveals the journey
to love, her decision to adopt instead of giving
birth, her new and wonderful child and most of all
her earnest desire and steadfast belief that
everything would come to pass.
Son of My Soul - The Adoption of Christopher is not
just about the joys of motherhood, but is also a
self-help book about breaking the circle of child
abuse. The author considers her childhood as 'boot
camp' and uses the lessons learned from her own
abuse to help her beloved son through many surgeries
and therapies to correct cleft lip as the and
A percentage of all royalties go to Operation Smile.
Born with cleft lip and
palate, Christopher waited for six days until an adoptive family
was found for him. Finally placed in the loving arms of his
joyous parents, he now faced a new challenged: multiple surgeries.
Read in his own words
his memories of growing up with a deformity, his fight to overcome
several learning differences, his delight in being adopted, and
his incredible love for the lake on which he was raised.
Just Chris is
more than just a book. It is a journey through a young man?s
memories of growing up and being simply, and beautifully...
Winner of FaithWriter's
Gold Seal of Approval - Outstanding Read
Seller on Amazon and Amazon Japan
In this warm and tender story, Debra Shiveley Welch
lovingly tells of the Lord giving attributes to a yet unborn child
while in the womb of a frightened, young girl. God takes some
sweetness from the Cherubs, sweet music from the birds, laughter from
the dolphins, and wraps them in love from the mother, placing it all
carefully into the spirit of the unborn babe. A beautiful gift of life
waiting to be unwrapped and cherished and placed in the arms of a loving
mother and father.
In this special keepsake edition, a collection of essays and poems
are also included.
Well Done, Christopher!
There are times when a book will capture your
heart; it can happen in many ways, but each
time it is fresh and new. This is the case as
I read this delightful work by 13-year-old
Christopher Welch as scribed by his mother,
Debra Welch. Christopher has learning
differences but this has not quenched the fire
of life within this special young man, nor his
desire to share adventures of his life with
others. We begin this read with a poem, a
simple one, yet one whose words say volumes
because they shine forth with the love of one
young boy for his lake and the activity that
awaits him there. Shirley Johnson -
MidWest Book Review, Senior Reviewer
Nine-year-old Christopher decides that he wants a
pet parrot for his birthday. In this charming tale,
Christopher and his mother learn how to properly
take care of a pet bird.
Complete with full color graphics, "Christopher
Meets Buddy" will soon become one of your child's
and your favorite books.
In their novel Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams, co-authors and cousins
Debra Shiveley Welch and
Linda Lee Greene explore the dark
depths of the human soul in a thrilling murder mystery
mixing supernatural elements and intriguing suspense,
spiced with history, romance, and unpredictable twists and
Oma Mae Adams, an African American Televangelist whose
philanthropic works endear her to the world, and is beloved by
many. Gunned down in front of the television station
where she tapes her popular religious program, her
shocking death leaves a bereft world with two questions:
who killed Oma Mae Adams --- and why?
Original Oil "Eternity" for Stands With Wings
with the generous permission of
Jonathan Earl Bowser