On Writing: Meet One of our Authors
Linda Bonney Olin
Linda Bonney Olin has had a variety of creative interests since experimenting with poetry and drawing as a kid. She completed a degree in psychology at Cornell University, where she met her husband, Bill. They purchased a dairy farm in upstate New York and started a family. Then an inherited Kodak Retina IV camera hooked Linda on photography. She snapped award-winning images while juggling the farm bookkeeping, outside professional employment, and rearing two children. She no longer exhibits her photos, but she enjoys using them in projects like the cover of her recently published Kindle book, Songs for the Lord.
Linda delights in crafting word images too, especially ones that convey a message of eternal significance. She doesn’t focus on one particular genre of writing. Instead, she focuses on daily direction from the Holy Spirit. This has led her along a frequently confusing, but never dull or unrewarding, path.
One example of her creative partnership with the Holy Spirit is her season as a songwriter. Songs for the Lord is the resulting collection of hymns and Christian songs. Thanks to her “Holy Ghostwriter,” all twenty-four pieces have original melodies as well as lyrics, in spite of Linda’s lack of musical training.
A certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church, Linda has written and presented Christian dramas, poems, devotions, songs, Bible studies, and sermons–even a standup comedy routine. Ten of the humorous scripts she wrote for her son, Jeff, and his puppet pal are featured in her current nonfiction book project, Personal Puppet Ministry with Jeff and Clyde. She also has a mystery/romance novel in progress.
Linda has been published in The Secret Place; UtmostChristianWriters.com; ChristianBibleStudies.com; Who Knew—Catskill Literary Journal; and other periodicals. She is scheduled to lead a focus group on electronic publishing at the 2012 Montrose Christian Writers Conference.
Way to go, Linda! You’ve certainly made your mark in several genres of the publishing world. Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself for our group’s enjoyment and information.
Next time, we’ll visit with Jean Oathout, the author of SO YOU PLAN TO MARRY A MAN.