Take a bestselling writer, editor and writing coach, add a travel background on both the personal and professional fronts, and you end up with, well, Travel with Linden & Friends.
I blame my parents. I grew up around the world because of my Dad’s work as a foreign correspondent and editor for LOOK Magazine. I attended first grade in Rio de Janeiro at Chapeuzinho Vermelho (Portuguese for Little Red Riding Hood). After two years in Rio, we moved to Manhattan for a couple of years before heading to Paris for five. From learning to ski in Portillo (safe to say I did not do Chile’s famed resort justice) to summer vacations in Italy, Spain, Greece and more, travel was just part of my childhood.
As an adult, I made my home in New York followed by Southern and Northern California before moving to Oregon. Along the way, I worked as a travel editor for the Ladies’ Home Journal (part of my associate editor position), and oversaw and wrote travel-related stories for the Los Angeles Times Magazine where I worked as special features editor. Since moving to Bend, Oregon, I’ve written about food and wine for the last 12 years—including ghostwriting my second New York Times bestseller—and finally refocused on destination pieces a couple of years ago. And suddenly the travel bug, which had been hibernating (yes, insects do hibernate), began to nibble at me again.
Then I realized that I could add travel writing to my writing coach offerings and create a website that featured my clients’ travel writing and photography as well as my own. In addition, I could offer site visitors a convenient way to get great travel deals. Bingo! Travels with Linden & Friends was born.