Linda found a love of reading early in life.
One of her earliest memories is of reading under the bedcovers
by torchlight, to finish a favourite book. She remembers the
joyful discovery that anyone could write a book, and decided
that one day she would write one. Because life has many journeys
Linda was drawn to nursing. This became her career for over 20
years. Most of that time was spent as a registered nurse in aged
care. Linda watched and listened to the rich fabric of the lives
of others. She was fascinated by their stories from the ordinary
to the extraordinary. Linda began to write, late at night, reliving
the highlights and lowlights of life. She stored these outpourings
in a box under the bed. When her youngest son was diagnosed with
Asperger’s Syndrome, Linda found a focus for her writing. She
was determined to fight for the spirit and heart of her son and
the chance for a normal life for him. The book, ‘I’m Not Broken,
I’m Just Different’, was born.
Joining a local Fellowship of Australian Writers gave Linda
confidence to share her writing with others. Writing under the
name of ‘cobaltangel’, she uploaded many of her stories to the
ABC (Australia) website, ‘The Making of Modern Australia’. Her
story, ‘A Dangerous Time’, was chosen by the producers as one
of the ‘Featured Stories’. Linda developed a readership on the
site and through her writing for the local Gazette. She then
caught the eye of a publisher, who requested an anthology of
her childhood stories. ‘A Curious and Inelegant Childhood’ was
the result. Linda also discovered a love of art. She paints the
cover illustrations for her books. She has now also written and
illustrated several children’s books.
The rich texture of Linda’s life is reflected in her writing,
which is both joyful and poignant. She writes with a raw fearlessness,
but an irrepressible humour is never far below the surface.