Hi, I’m Brenda

Welcome to my world of words and stories! I'm Brenda Duffey, a passionate author and former educator with a deep commitment to nurturing cultural understanding and celebrating the journey of growing up.

My life's journey started in the heart of Jefferson County, Kentucky, where I grew up in a bustling Southern family of six children. Our home was rich with the aroma of Kentucky fried chicken and the wisdom of conservative Bible Belt philosophy, emphasizing the value of hard work and the importance of education in pulling oneself up by the bootstraps.

I embarked on my academic journey at a small Baptist college, Kentucky Southern, which is now a part of the University of Louisville. There, I earned my BA degree in 1967, majoring in history and English. Later, in 1986, I added to my educational arsenal with an MSW from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.

My professional path led me to diverse classrooms across various states, including Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Oregon, where I dedicated over twenty-five years to teaching. My focus was always on equipping students from different backgrounds with English communication skills and guiding them to discover their place in American society through an understanding of their heritage.

In 2003, I took the leap into the world of writing, driven by the desire to continue telling stories that matter. My debut novel, “The Peacemaker,” was published in 2009. This sweeping generational saga weaves fiction with the threads of true American history, inviting readers to immerse themselves in a world of culture, heritage, and personal growth. Following its success, I crafted a sequel, “New Pangaea – An Evolution into the Fifth World,” further exploring themes of identity and transformation.

Between my novels, I’ve delved into short stories, creating characters who navigate the intricate journey of adolescence and self-discovery. “Finding New Pangaea,” a collection of four stories, holds a special place in my heart, offering insights into the characters that shape my larger narratives.

Beyond the written word, I’ve even ventured into the realm of musical stage production with “A Squeaky Wheel Gets Oiled – The Musical.” I invite you to explore more about my literary and creative endeavors through my website, where you can connect with my blog, YouTube channel, and social media accounts.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of exploration, growth, and storytelling. Together, let’s continue to uncover the beauty of diverse perspectives and the transformative power of literature.