(Here's the obligatory bragging in the third person, written so you'll take me seriously. It's all true, but the most important part is the next three paragraphs. The first paragraph below "extraordinary life changes" was written by my webmaster, David Clark, as a placeholder when we were developing the site. I was so surprised - and flattered - I decided to keep it here. Thank you, David.)
Linda has made extraordinary life changes. After suffering a broken back in a car accident in the late 1990's and nearly losing her writing career, Linda worked for years in physical therapy, then had an adjustable gastric band placed in 2003.
Since then she's lost over 140 pounds and a dozen dress sizes. More importantly, she regained her life, her career, and has turned her story telling skills toward writing novels in addition to technical books.
Her specialty is making technical subjects more personal by including stories, or case studies, of ordinary people solving real-world problems.
Linda's focus is to encourage. Through her books, she works to inspire and motivate readers. And she offers practical workshops for writers.
Two of her books, Making Money in Cyberspace and Mailing List Services On Your Home-Based PC were awarded "Best General Computer Book of the Year" for the years they were published.
To see samples of Linda's work, visit the Aritcles page. These pieces have appeared in writers group newsletters all over the US including the Pikes Peak Writer NewsMagazine and blog, The Writers' League of Texas Scribe, The StoryTeller, and the North Carolina Writers' Network newsletter.
Linda's latest book is a suspense novel: The Prophetess One: At Risk.
"This is fast-paced, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading. The Prophetess One: At Risk had me flipping the pages and holding my breath."
-- Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author
(See more on the real events behind The Prophetess One: At Risk on Linda's Books page.)
Previously, she co-authored a book with her surgeon Robert Sewell M.D., entitled Weight Loss Surgery with the Adjustable Gastric Band (Da Capo Lifelong Books, March 2008). The book includes case studies of band patients, psychologists, dietitians and exercise therapists.
It includes Linda's story of how she safely lost over 140 pounds and 12 dress sizes in two years without any removal or rearrangement of her digestive system.
Linda's first book, Mailing List Services On Your Home-Based PC (McGraw-Hill), won Best General Book of the Year in 1994. Two years earlier in 1992, she was honored with the Best On-Line Publication award for her work with Newsbytes News Network, an international, high-tech news service later purchased and ran by the Washington Post.
She is also author of Start Your Own Computer Repair Business (McGraw-Hill) and Upgrade Your Own PC, 2nd Edition (Wiley, formerly IDG Books). Upgrade Your Own PC made book distributor Ingram-Micro's top 10 list for computer books. Her fourth book, Making Money in Cyberspace, co-authored with Paul and Sarah Edwards, was awarded the top general computer book of 1998 by the Computer Press Association. Linda's books enjoy translation into more than a dozen languages including: Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Russian.
Linda has served on the faculty of Learning Tree University and Collin County Community College. She's acted as a consultant to a number of businesses and non-profit organizations including: the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the Veteran's Administration, and the Association of Government Accountants.
Born a second-generation Colorado native, Linda currently lives outside Raleigh, North Carolina.