I was born in Peebles, Adams County, Ohio in the farmhouse bedroom of my maternal grandparents. The farm sat on the rim of the enormous star-wound there that forms the bedrock of one of the largest earthworks in existence: the world-famous Great Serpent Mound. Built by a culture of early Native Americans, it 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 Columbus, Ohio. In addition to being a best-selling author, I am also an award-winning artist. An extensive exhibition of my artwork can be viewed at www.gallery-llgreene.com. My award-winning blog, "In Good Company" is at http://Ingoodcompanyohio.blogspot.com. I am also a host-author on the blog, "The River Time" at http://therivertime.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, novel, "Guardians and Other Angels." http://amzn.to/PUOXl9
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 arranged to borrow 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, it became apparent to me 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 story while I also conducted extensive research of the history of Southern Ohio, the Great Depression and World War II. In this way, I expanded my story further, accomplished by 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." Other than the book for young readers, excerpts of my current and future 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," the original draft of which I wrote in the year 2000. My college instructors had encouraged me to write professionally, but life got in the way, 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 in the series is a mystery novel titled, "Aloha, My Hawaiian." The second book in the series is a spiritual odyssey and love story set in Australia titled, "Garden of the Spirits of the Pots."
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. I hope you enjoy reading my books and viewing my artwork. I hope you stop by my blogs, as well. Since good reviews are the life-blood of authors, I hope you take a few minutes to post one for my books.
The following is a five star review of "Guardians and Other Angels" by Allbooks Review:
Genre: Historical Fiction
Title: Guardians and Other Angels
Author: Linda Lee Greene
Guardians and Other Angels: An Engaging Historical Treasure
Linda Lee Greene's recent novel, "Guardians and Other Angels" is an interesting bundle of tragedies and triumphs taken place during the Great Depression and World War II. I strongly recommend this book definitely to an older audience or to young adults that are interested in Great Depression and war history. Although this novel was a very captivating one, I feel it's not diverted towards children due to the emotional, personal drama that occurs in it.
Inspired by a true story, "Guardians and Other Angels" is a recollection of experiences of two American families during the Great Depression and World War II. The story mostly surrounds a lady named Mary Evalena Caplinger Gaffin (Lena). The novel is full of love, sadness, joy, and other heart-wrenching emotions that the reader would feel as they venture further into the plot. Throughout the pages, the book contains many authentic letters that are written by the characters, immediately making the novel more intriguing and private to read.
Linda Lee Greene really sculpts the characters. As I was reading, I felt connected to them in some way, as if they were real people that I knew personally. I also appreciated how Greene decided to tell the story in a fictional manner, as I thought it would not have been as fascinating if it was completely non-fiction. The novel was nicely wrapped up at the end and it was finished with finality, giving me a sense of satisfaction once I completed reading. I really enjoyed this read; it truly exhausted my heart and played with my feelings.
Linda Lee Greene is a wonderful author and also an award-winning artist, who originated from Ohio. Besides "Guardians and Other Angels," she has also co-written "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams," an Amazon best-seller. She is a loving mother of two and also a grandmother to two grandchildren. Linda Lee Greene currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. Reviewer: Iris Park, Allbooks Review Int. www.allbooksreviewint.com
Title: Guardians and Other Angels
Author: Linda Lee Greene
Publisher: Saga Books Publishing
No. of pages: 242
Date of Review: July 2012