About Linda

Questions and answers about Linda:

Where were you born?

I was born in Akron, Ohio and lived there until I went to NC to go to Bennett College.

Where have you been a teacher?
Kent State University, The University of NC at Greensboro, Guilford College and Bennett College for Women

Have you ever won any awards for your writing?
My first award was second prize in a creative writing contest when I was a student at Bennett College. And then I won first prize for fiction from the NC Coalition of the Arts and they published Rainbow ‘Roun Mah Shoulder. Later I was awarded a residency at the Headlands Center near San Francisco by the NC Arts Council.

Have you published other books?
Yes, please click here to read about them.

Where have you published your other works?
I have published in Black Scholar, Religion and Intellectual Life, O Henry Festival Stories, “Cricket” Magazine, and many other places.

Why do you write historical novels?
I believe that history has a lot to teach us about our own lives and our times. If you don’t know where you have been you certainly don’t know where you are going.
**Click here to see a video of Linda speaking about her writing process.

Have your plays been performed?
Yes three of my plays have been performed.

Do you ever travel and give readings and workshops?
Yes, I have given a great many readings and lectures. Some of the places where I’ve been are: Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles California; Akron, Ohio; Washington, DC; Southern Pines, NC; Winston Salem , NC and many other locations. Please click here for information about how to arrange a visit.

What else do you like to do besides writing?
I like to sing. I belong to two choirs in Greensboro. I also enjoy quilting and have made more than 10 quilts by hand. I also like watching movies with my grandchildren whose ages are 1, 9, 14, 11, 13, and 15. Of course one of my favorite things to do is reading.

Do you plan to write any more books?
I am working on a sequel to Black Angels.

Do you have any advice for young people who want to become writers?
The best thing you can do is to read as many books as you can. And then you need to practice your writing every day. Keep your journal by your bed. Take it everywhere you go in case some good idea comes into your mind. And don’t get discouraged. Writing is hard work but it’s always fun! Good luck!

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