I was born in a farmhouse bedroom of my maternal grandparents located on the rim of the famous star-wound in Peebles, Adams County Ohio USA known the world over as the Great Serpent Mound Crater. The serpent effigy that lies in the heart of the crater, and built by a culture of early Native Americans, tugs at my Cherokee blood and makes me all the prouder of my heritage. Mother of a son and a daughter, and grandmother of two grandsons, I live in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. In addition to being a best-selling author, I am an award-winning artist. An exhibition of my artwork is on view at www.gallery-llgreene.com. My award-winning blog "In Good Company" is at http://Ingoodcompanyohio.blogspot.com.
As a child on the farm of my maternal grandparents in Southern Ohio, while carted around on the shoulders of my teenage uncles or on the broad tall backs of our workhorses, my view of life began atop those high places. From those lofty vantage points, the fairytale landscape, and the storybook yarns spun by the hill people there impressed my mind's eye and ear so indelibly that they emerged six decades later as the basis of my latest, and second, true-life novel "Guardians and Other Angels" (http://goo.gl/imUwKO).
Although the initial draft of "Guardians and Other Angels" was a big and enchanting story all on its own, it wasn't enough to satisfy my concept of the novel I wanted to publish. I was aware of the existence of a collection of old private letters dating from 1936 to 1946 written by the principles of my story, letters that I borrowed from their owner for the purpose of gleaning them for material that I might use to deepen and broaden my story. However, as time passed, I realized that the actual letters had to be a part of the book. Over the course of the following six years, I transcribed the letters spanning 1936 to 1941 (the balance of the letters to be featured in another book) and merged them into my manuscript while I also conducted extensive research of the history of Southern Ohio, the Great Depression and World War II. I expanded my story by also inventing experiences for my characters built around actual historical events. For this, and other reasons, the book is categorized generally as historical fiction, although it is just as strongly a family saga, and a fictional biography.
"Guardians and Other Angels" has inspired two other books on which I am currently working. One of them is a non-fiction book titled "I Received Your Letter ...," as well as book for young readers titled "Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters." Excerpts of some of my books can be found at www.booksbylindaleegreene-llgreene.com.
My first novel, co-authored with Debra Shiveley Welch, and an Amazon best-seller, is "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams" (http://amzn.to/VazHFG), the original draft of which I wrote in the year 2000. My college instructors had encouraged me to write professionally, but life took me in a different direction and the idea settled into my consciousness as only a pined-for dream that seemed doomed to remain unfulfilled. But fate stepped in one morning while I was lying in bed suffering yet another flare-up of the Crohns Disease that had plagued me for nearly a decade, the morning that I had decided that I hadn't much left of life to cherish any longer. Fate got me on my feet and sent me to the shower, and while there, the story of "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams" flowed over me as if the words were contained within the molecules of the water. I returned to my bed with a notepad and pen, began to write, and in those few moments, my life suddenly had meaningful purpose and authenticity again.
I am currently at work on two additional books that will launch a series. Book one is a mystery novel titled "My Aumakua." The second is a spiritual odyssey and love story set in Australia titled "Garden of the Spirits of the Pots."
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The following is a synopsis of "Guardians and Other Angels" taken from its five-star reviews:
"An unrivaled slice of Americana at its most personal and profound, 'Guardians and Other Angels' is a heart-thrilling, and sometimes heartbreaking, story of love during the Great Depression and World War II. Employing her prolific imagination, as well as dozens of authentic personal letters written during those tumultuous eras by members of two families who lived in Adams County, Ohio USA, author Linda Lee Greene has rendered a seamless blend of fact and fiction in this captivating book. Greene grabs the emotions of her readers and takes them on a fascinating ride through time, making them believe they are actually there. Written with supreme precision and steadfast detail, this is the stuff of which classics are made. Reminiscent of 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'Angela's Ashes,' one only has to read those Pulitzer Prize winners to appreciate the level of care Greene took in her writing of her stunningly beautiful 'Guardians and Other Angels'."