Wallace, Linda

Linda Wallace grew up on a farm in Missouri. The nearest “city” was Arrow Rock with a grand total of 75 residents. Since her girlhood days, Linda has lived all across the U.S. from Kealakekua on the big island of Hawaii to the Bronx in New York. Her three children’s births were spaced across the country, too; the oldest was born in the Bronx, middle child in Kansas, and youngest in Hollywood. She currently lives in Seattle and, yes, she loves the rain. Jobs and interests have been equally wide-ranging including nurses’ aid, stockings clerk at Macy’s in Manhattan, waitress at the Kailua-Kona Hilton, weekly newspaper publisher in Kansas, advertising salesperson for The Los Angeles Times, elementary school para-educator, and administrative assistant. But underpinning all else has always been the love of books. Linda knew how important books were going to be in her life ever since she jumped off the little yellow bus taking her home from Arrow Rock’s two-room school and ran up the country drive, shouting to her mother, “I can read, I can read!”