“Samantha Waltz, like a good poet, writes from the heart. She has that rare ability to be honest and hopeful at the same time, a valuable commodity in our increasingly dark times.”

Bob Welch, Author and columnist


  • Blended is blessed with great reviews

    Blended is blessed with great reviews

    “Anthologies can be a tough sell as so many are uneven (in writing and editing) but I was blown away by Samantha Waltz’s Blended. It takes real skill and nerve to create such a seamless yet varied collection of perspectives of writers both familiar and not, step children and parents of varied backgrounds and sexual orientations. Though the stories are many, this collection feels like a story in itself and as such makes for a very satisfying and enlightening read. If you’re living in a blended family, you’ll probably see yourself (for better or for worse) and rethink some of your own preconceived notions. Or just read this book for the pleasure of immersing yourself in a great story about modern American life. I loved this book. ”

    Karen Maeda Allman, Elliott Bay Book Company

    More great reviews:

  • New Day Northwest

    New Day Northwest

    Samantha Waltz, editor of the book Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience stopped by New Day Northwest to share her personal testimony and expertise on understanding the step-relationship.

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  • Samantha and Ray Waltz

    Waltzes team up to fight Alzheimer’s disease – Lake Oswego Review

    While the couple have performed separately (in Samantha’s case she often performs book readings of her writing) this is the first time they have worked together, and they are approaching the effort with joy.

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  • Lake Oswego Review

    Lake Oswego Review

    Ducloux Waltz has another story in ‘Chicken Soup’ series

    Lake Oswego author Samantha Ducloux Waltz has a story, “Accountability Partner,” featured in the recently released book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers.”

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  • Article by Barb Randall for the Lake Oswego Review

    Article by Barb Randall for the Lake Oswego Review

    Barb Randall profiles Samantha Ducloux Waltz, Cinda Stevens Lonsway and Ken Gomes. This is a wonderful article profiling very talented writers from the Portland area.

    Click here to read the article.

    (photo by Vern Uyetake)

  • Article by Heidi Williams, The Oregonian

    Article by Heidi Williams, The Oregonian

    Heidi Williams profiles Gigi Rosenberg in her blog post for The Oregonian. She highlights Rosenberg’s essay, “My Secret Father,” that is slated to be included in Samantha’s “Stepping Up” anthology.

    Click here to read the article.

  • Williamette Writers

    Williamette Writers

    Samantha DuCloux Waltz speaks about her writing process at several chapter meetings of Willamette Writers.

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  • Lake Oswego Review

    Lake Oswego Review

    Life of a writer word perfect for Waltz

    In the course of her everyday life, Samantha Ducloux Waltz gives people inspiration, courage and a fresh perspective on life. It’s her job. She is a writer.

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  • Runner’s Lounge

    Runner’s Lounge

    Meet the Writer

    Our first stop is with Samantha Ducloux Waltz from Portland OR. She took some time to record a podcast with us as well as answer written questions…

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    Click here to read the interview.

  • Woman to Woman Show

    Woman to Woman Show


    Samantha discusses Alzheimer’s with LouAnn Edwards and Judy McKellar.