How it all began...
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and had one brother, Barry, whose antics appear in my stories. 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 with, and together we walked 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 around on my pogo stick. Do you like the crayon sketch I made of my house in sixth grade? Creative desires like that surfaced at different times in my life.
The first was to spread my wings and dance. In second grade, I talked my mother into ballet lessons. But piano lessons won out—my parents couldn’t afford both. And guess what? I’m still taking piano lessons! Then there was reading, still one of my favorite pastimes.
Then writing. I kept a diary every night from third to sixth grade, then journals later on. Check out “When I was an Easter Egg” and “My Experience with Women from Mars,” stories on my blog that I wrote when I was eleven. They’re 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 to become an elementary teacher. Later, while raising our daughters, Kim, 38, and Tracy, 36, I became a substitute teacher.
This gave me time to read books and take classes so I could learn how to write nonfiction articles. Interviewing people from all walks of life gave me a chance to meet a lot of interesting people. Then the fiction bug bit me. I took creative writing courses, wrote and published a few short stories, then began Secret in the Stars. Nonfiction continues to be an interest.
You can find my articles on the 28th of each month at www.writersonthemove.com. My husband, John, and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with our two rescue dogs, Sweet Pea and Peanut.
Who is the real Linda Wilson?
Linda Wilson earned a BA degree in elementary education from the University of Lynchburg, 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. Magazine articles followed, including: seven biosketches for the library journal, Biography Today, about 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, 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. Secret in the Stars: An Abi Wunder Mystery is Linda’s first book. Linda lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, John, and their two dogs, Peanut and Sweet Pea.