A Bit of Backstory…
I grew up on Chicago’s south side, where we identified our neighborhoods by parishes – St. Margaret of Scotland was mine. I was always itchy to be part of a bigger world, to see how other people lived, to discover what the heck I was doing on this earth. After college, I backpacked through Europe, taught English in Athens, was a very good nanny to bambinos in Rome, and a very bad cook in Florence.
Later, I worked a ton of jobs, from TWA flight attendant to convention sales manager at Playboy Resorts. I kept journals all those years; the writing kept me centered, hopeful and real. I finally focused on writing as a profession (huge leap of faith!) when I turned 30 and had a son.
It’s been travel that has inspired most of my 65 children’s books: settling in the Rocky Mountains brought me the story of pioneer Aunt Clara Brown; colonial San Miguel de Allende turned my Day of the Dead book into an 8-year stay and a bunch of Mexican-themed books, including my coming-of-age story Truth and Salsa, set in a stone tower where we lived. I now live in Asheville, NC. I’ve just returned from a solo month traveling in India, where so many monkeys inspired me to start a new picture book.
Here’s what other industry leaders are saying about Linda
From Lisa Q. Mathews, former Senior Editor at Random House Books for Young Readers, and author of “The Ladies Smythe and Westin” mystery series:
“I have worked with Linda for many years, from my time as her lucky editor at Random House, and she is one of the most talented, creative, supportive, and insightful persons I know. Linda wears many hats with ease: author, artist, editor, and coach. She has a true passion for mentoring authors, and guiding them on their publishing journeys with honest, constructive critiques and an insider’s knowledge of the industry. I recommend Linda as a coach for writers at every stage of their careers.”
From Lacy Langford, Financial coach. Speaker. Personal finance writer:
“Linda is worth the investment! She’s been a valuable resource in writing my first book. Most importantly, Linda treated my story as she would her own…special.”