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The Writer…

In the fourth grade when I first learned those squiggly lines of cursive actually meant something, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Naturally, I got busy deciphering the cursive code and writing my first novel. Sadly, that story is lost in time.

In the fifth grade, Miss Mae Shelton at Washington Elementary School in Kingsport, Tennessee asked my class, “Who has a vocabulary?” I sat stunned that I didn’t even know what a vocabulary was, so I slowly turned around to see if any hands went up. None. Whew! I wasn’t alone. From that moment on, I wanted a vocabulary, whatever it was, of my very own.

Years later, after a B.S. from Tennessee Tech, an M.A.T. from Winthrop University in South Carolina, plus 15 post-master’s hours, and a Professional Rating from the Professional Tennis Registry, I became a tennis analyst and writer for a professional tennis journal and other tennis magazines. From there, God placed a series of people in my life to lead me from serving on the tennis court to service in The King’s court. Since then I’ve written 200+ columns for The Intercessor, some of which were posted on the former version of my blog, Light’s On. My first book, Happy Tails, was published by Thomas Nelson in 2008.

After a three-year hiatus due to a series of tragic family events, I’m back full force writing for Light’s On, co-teaching the sanctuary class at my church, and working on my next book.

My husband and I have an adult daughter and three brilliant grandchildren. I stay busy coordinating “Food for Thought,” a program I founded to provide weekly groceries for the families of backpack kids in our neighborhood elementary school. And, I continue to write, play golf, fly fish, photograph area lakes and rivers from my kayak, play with my dogs, work in my gardens, and enjoy God’s presence in the process.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Linda–This the only place I could find to thank you for reading Dynamo and wanting to read The Stones! A double blessing. My email is egus@me.com, and perhaps we could pick up the conversation there. I love your cursive and vocabulary stories! God seems to have gotten us both on our way in “creative” ways! : )

    1. Hi Ellie, I’ve almost cleared my way to read The Stones. I’m reading the Chronological Bible through again this year and have just buried David, so I’ll have the proper history to fall back on for a fuller understanding. I’m having trouble balancing my reading and writing time lately. Do you have that problem too? Yes, let’s do stay in touch. You have my email address.

  2. Hey There Linda – I sure do hope all is well with you! What pups do you have? I think of you often dear friend and am so thankful for a precious little black and white English Springer Spaniel that brought us together so many years ago. Love, Christi Cooper, Columbia, SC

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