As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor and a bit of sass from her home in the southern California mountains.
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When Ione Forrester calls off her wedding, she becomes the social pariah of Des Moines. Much to her society parents’ chagrin. To escape the gossip, Ione accepts a teaching job in Dorado, Texas, vowing to avoid scandal at all costs. Relocating from a doctor’s household with cook and maids to a room in a boarding house is quite an adjustment. Then she has to face her biggest challenge—a schoolhouse full of students.
Carpenter Morgan Shipley’s business is doing well and now he’s looking for companionship. An ad for a mail-order bride brings a deluge of letters, which prove more than he can handle. To his surprise, an intriguing woman from a big city arrives in his small Texas town. Correspondence is nothing like interacting with a flesh-and-blood woman every day. But gossip-leery Ione wants nothing to do with Morgan’s attempts at courting, which makes him try even harder.
1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less. Native California, business administration degree graduate, years of secretarial experience, history lover, feminist, wife, mother. Somehow that varied background made me think I could write a romance novel. I quickly discovered the prospect to be challenging and frustrating but is what I want to continue doing for many years.
2. What do you love most in the world? Being a mom to four adult children who are making their way in the world
3. What do you fear most? The loss of one of my children or grandchildren
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it? I always wanted to be a librarian and making sure my stories are as accurate historically as I can make them somehow fulfills that lost dream.
5. What is the hardest thing you've ever done? Moving to another state to start a new life--twice--to follow my husband’s career.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
In my college career, I was the only female in a business class. Doing an oral presentation was a course requirement. Up to that point, I had successfully avoided being the public person for all group projects, always choosing a background role. I was the last person to give the presentation on a warm spring afternoon. I remember asking if anyone had questions and then everything went black. I fainted and pulled the lectern on top of me when I fell to the floor. I don’t think I returned to the remaining 2 classes and just appeared for the final exam. So very embarrassing.
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