Louie’s older brother wanted to travel. He didn’t want to stay at one lake all his life. One day, he flew away with some visiting ducks and only came to see his family once in a while. Louie told his friends about Big Bill one cold winter day. Gus wanted to know why he never heard about Big Bill before. After all, he and Louie were best friends.
When Big Bill came home and told Louie that he would stay, Louie thought his life would be so exciting. But, would his life be any different? Why did Big Bill have time for little brother Quacker but not for Louie? What good was having a big brother?
LOUIE THE DUCK SERIES BY VIVIAN ZABEL
Vivian Zabel taught English and writing for nearly 30 years, but she has written herself since a child. When she shared her goal of becoming an author with a friend in the seventh grade, the friend laughed. She didn’t share her desire with anyone again, but she worked to become an author.
She and her late husband married in 1961 and had four children, three who lived. As an Air Force brat, she traveled from Guam to Morocco, and from Texas to Maine. But, Oklahoma was always home.
Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013. She and a friend founded an OWFI affiliate, Pen and Keyboard Writers, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her home has been in the Edmond area since 1983.
As a former teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.
Zabel has attained her goal of authoring several books, which include YA books The Base Stealers Club, Case of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has four children’s books released, I Like Pink, Where Did Panther Go?: A Panther Adventure, A Baby Doll from Santy Claus, and Wave Excitement: A Louie the Duck Story. Her novels are Stolen and Midnight Hours. Vivian also contributed to a book of short stories with another author and one of poetry with six others.
To learn more about Vivian Zabel and her books, go to her website VivianZabel.com.