Cordelia Frances Biddle is an independent scholar and novelist, and a direct descendent of Francis Martin Drexel, grandfather of Saint Katharine Drexel. Her Biddle ancestors trace back to Nicholas Biddle, president of the Second Bank of the United States; he also edited The Journals of Lewis and Clark. Historians divide the family into two branches: “The Romantics” and “The Solids”. Cordelia is from “The Romantic” line. (Yes, bankers can be “romantic”.) Her biography of Saint Katharine Drexel, Saint Katharine: the Life of Katharine Drexel allowed her to explore a remarkable woman’s mission and ministry.
Biddle’s works of fiction are: Without Fear, Deception’s Daughter and The Conjurer. The novels are set during the Victorian era in Philadelphia and explore women’s issues and the chasm between wealth and poverty. A prior novel, Beneath the Wind, examined imperialism during the Edwardian era. She has contributed to Town and Country, Hemispheres and W, and won the 1997 SATW Lowell Thomas travel-writing award for Three Perfect Days in Philadelphia.
She was an original writer for the documentary series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, and created a one-man show for Sam Waterston: This Community of Faith: Hopes, Dreams, Trials and Resolution in celebration of the 250th anniversary of St. Peter’s Church (Philadelphia). She contributed to St. Peter’s Church: Faith in Action for 250 Years (Temple University Press). She has recently completed a new historical novel.
She and her husband, Steve Zettler, co-authored The Crossword Mystery Series under the nom de plume of Nero Blanc. There are twelve titles in the series. Open Road will release all as e-books.
Prior to her career as an author, Cordelia was an actress in New York, appearing on stage and in the daytime drama One Life to Live.
Cordelia Biddle teaches creative writing at Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College, and was the recipient of the Pennoni Honors College Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012.
She is a member of the Authors Guild.