More About the Author
I've been a United Airlines flight attendant, high school English teacher, crime prevention officer, entrepreneur, parapsychologist, free lance writer, and a novelist. I may be a has been on all that now... except that I still spend all the spare time I can gather writing like a maniac, with several novels and nonfiction works in progress... new ones in mind.
On my satisfying home front, I hold a great respect in my heart for my husband's dedication to his work. He's a coal mine mechanic, high voltage electrician, and has helped me survive while I continue my career as a novelist (with a decades delayed paycheck).
I also cook and clean house (sort of). After I've been click-clacking on my laptop from 5 am - 10 am [I've discontinued this shift; too many collected decades], I fry a few eggs for Tom's breakfast when he arrives home from his night-shift at the mine. Sometimes I resume the clicking in the afternoon, after midday household chores, prior to cooking supper. Sometimes I resume the keyboard capers in the evening when Tom's napping prior to leaving for work at 9 pm. I wash supper dishes at 9:15 each evening, prior to retiring to read a while before the zzzzzzz's overwhelm the day.
Unfortunately, that's the usual result of my house cleaning.
Given the gift of a wash machine, I do well with Tom's daily-wash diggers, which are his work clothes packed with mud, oil, and coal dust, which I bang against an old tree trunk prior to hefting them into the house and arranging them into the washer. If the debris around that tree trunk had a "For Sale" sign on it, it could bring in more $$$ than my career as a novelist. I'm so obsessed with writing I can't stop long enough to put up the sign. If I added a lemonade stand next to the mound of coal dust, I may have to ask permission from Trump to use the essence of his name.
[My routines around Tom's work have changed periodically over the decades as his shifts and coal mine locations have changed. But the above daily set up was maintained for a long enough stretch to become sacred, so I'll leave it as a tribute to our history.]
I have dyslexia and received my only D grade in reading, among the hoards of A's, a few B's, and one C in my school attendance records through college, with Master's equivalents from graduate level courses in English, Philosophy, and Psychology. In spite of the difficulties working with Dyslexia in the world of words, I love reading and writing uplifting escape fiction. Strangely, my typo skills have steadily decreased as I progressed from a manual typewriter to electric [yes, that's how old I am], then to an electronic keyboard. With each surge of electronic ease, my Dyslexia seems to dissipate.
I've recently discontinued regular posting of customer reviews except in rare cases. I reviewed only books and products which I can give 5 Star Raves. I'm thankful that life has worn me down enough that I focus on what I like and ignore what I don't like. I'm soul smashed by criticism so I try to avoid dishing it out. Of course in rare cases my opinions are wrong anyway. As I get older (will be 66 Oct 2013) and creakier (not crankier, don't have the steam) I become more adept at raising my foot to eye level. Go figure. Mine has.
From past efforts [mostly discontinued now due to low ebb health and a few other spirit dampeners] I have 300+ reviews posted on the Amazon USA site and some of those are on additional country sites. I used to post lots of reviews on murder mystery series and have provided Listmanias on some of those.
Now I'm spending my limited time writing and publishing my books on Kindle and praying for rave reviews like the ones I used to write!
The original 1987 trade paperback edition of THE ROSE AND THE PYRAMID is out of print (available periodically on Amazon sites in the US and other countries at collectors prices for used copies).
But as of March 2013 that novel (adding into 17 full length books and 19 short works) is available on KINDLE! Celebrate!!!!!!!!! My web site link provided on this profile page goes to my Amazon Author Page.
As I live & breathe, I write and write...
Linda G. Shelnutt