Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Meet children's author Linda Asato

Biography – Linda Asato

Linda grew up in the Canadian woods on her father’s lumber camp. She and her younger sister shared a bedroom in a 3-bedroom house that her father and his men built on the edge of a small river within sight of the saw mill and planer mill. Her family life was one of security, encouragement, and love, which helped to foster her talents of writing and playing the piano. Not having access to TV or other entertainment sources, Linda found herself interested in life itself, and when she wasn’t taking long walks in the woods with her two dogs, she became interested in oil painting landscapes, taking photos with her camera, fishing, playing the recorder as well as the accordion and piano. Helping her mother with the huge garden in the summer and harvesting the crops in the fall nurtured her love of plants and gardening, which later became her area of study at the university in Edmonton, Alberta.

She began writing poetry at the age of nine and shared her poems daily with her Grade 3 teacher who supplied her with fancy notepaper on which to write them.

Later, she took to writing short stories, and her teacher at that time mentioned to her parents that she had a unique way of viewing things from the other person’s perspective.

During her 3 years of attending University, she wrote numerous poems, two of which appeared in two separate anthologies of poetry. During the last year, she married Brian Smith and completed her Bachelor of Science. Moving to Thompson, Manitoba, the couple had two kids, a boy and a girl that kept Linda busy raising a family for the next few years. She was divorced years later and raised her two kids mainly on her own while running her own Janitorial business to keep the family financially afloat.

As her own kids grew up and left home, Linda worked for many years both as a teacher and also as an executive at a boarding ranch school where kids lived and worked together as well as studied. It was here that she wrote many courses including workbooks for the education of the students.

Years later, she moved to Florida where she endeavored to continue her writing and even editing for others. As a ghost writer, she wrote a book on mortgage traps as well as a book on improving one’s credit score, plus many other shorter reports. She has edited for others over the past 4 years.

Her first picture book for children, “Spider in Our Mailbox,” is now published by 4RV Publishing and is illustrated brilliantly by Ryan Shaw.

For more on Linda, her publisher or illustrator, you can find them at the following places:

Website: Linda’s Writing Web
Blog: Linda’s Writing Desk
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Illustrator: Ryan Shaw


Vivian Zabel said...

Linda is a remarkable and talented woman. Thanks, Elysabeth, for posting this article about her.


kathy stemke said...

Thanks for a great post on Linda. It seems we have some things in common, Linda. We both struggled to raise our children alone. We both had to reinvent ourselves, and had many varied experiences. Don't you think these experiences helped us become writers? I love your book. Good luck with the sales.

Mr. Hughes said...

It is so refreshing as an educator to have an author who is writing to help support learning in schools.

As a father of five young children, I can appreciate even more the need for good writing. Thanks for working to make reading fun!

Your book sounds wonderful. I look forward to leaning more about you and your books.

Linda said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Note to Kathy: yes it was a struggle but not one I did not enjoy! It does help my writing. Indeed.

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