A Career is launched . . .
Linda Wilson earned a degree in elementary education from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia. While teaching, Linda enjoyed reading stories to her students so much that she dreamed of becoming an author one day. Her dream came true when she began splitting her time between substitute teaching and writing “human interest” stories for her local newspaper. Linda broke into magazines by sharing how she started a puppet ministry at her church with the article, “Say it with Puppets,” Religion Teacher’s Journal. Other published work includes seven biosketches for the library journal, Biography Today, on such notable people as Troy Aikman, Stephen King, and William Shatner; Scholastic Pre-K Today, Book Links, St. Anthony Messenger; and for children, Pockets; Hopscotch; and true stories told to her by police officers about children in distress receiving teddy bears, which she fictionalized for her column, “Teddy Bear Corner,” for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Newsletter, Dayton, Ohio. Short stories came next for the e-zine, Stories for Children Magazine. The Hilltop Ghost is Linda’s first book.
How it all Began:
I was born and raised in New Jersey. During elementary school, I lived at the end of a dead-end road. On sunny days, there were lots of kids in my neighborhood to play hide-and-seek together and to walk to school. We played hopscotch on a game my dad painted in front of our house. When he taught me how to ride a bike, he lined us all up. Like everyone else, I had to wait my turn! I loved to walk around the neighborhood on stilts that my dad made for me, or boink on my pogo stick. Ever since I was seven years old I possessed desires. These desires have surfaced at different times in my life. The first was to dance. In second grade, I finally talked my mother into letting me go to dancing school. I loved it. But really? I was terrible at it. Dance class ended, though. My mom said I needed to take piano lessons instead— my parents couldn’t afford both. Later, at school dances I danced the night away. I finally learned ballet in my 20s. Today I go to step class, which is like dance, at our local gym. And guess what? I’m still playing the piano! Then there was writing. I kept a diary every night from third to sixth grade, then journals later on. Click above to read “The Easter Egg Story” that I wrote in sixth grade. BTW, it’s written in peacock blue ink with my fountain pen, popular at the time.
While babysitting in my teens, I realized I loved to be with children. Off I went in a different direction: teaching elementary school. That was great fun. After staying at home to help raise our two daughters, I began substitute teaching. This gave me time to read books and take classes so I could learn how to write nonfiction articles. Meeting and interviewing people from all walks of life gave me a chance to meet a lot of interesting people. I learned a lot, too.
Then the fiction bug bit me. I took creative writing courses, wrote and published a few short stories, then wrote my first book, The Hilltop Ghost. Nonfiction continues to be an interest, though lately it’s been articles about writing for adults for the blog Writers on the Move. If you’d like to read my posts, click here.
Our daughters are grown now and have families of their own. My husband, John, and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with our two puppies, Sweet Pea and Peanut.