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Meet Linda Lael Miller

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Best-selling author Linda Lael Miller got the bug to be a writer when she was 10-years-old. Her teacher, Mr. Bob Hyatt, gave her an "A" on an assignment and told her she could be a writer. In 1983, she published her first book, Fletcher's Woman. Now, she writes exclusively for Harlequin.

Linda develops her books as she writes them. She starts with a situation, a setting, or a set of characters and works from there. To name her characters, she collects names she likes. She also gets ideas from her cousin, Mary Ann, who is good with names. Linda tries to get inside her characters' minds and hearts to think and feel what they would honestly be thinking and feeling. She includes plenty of animals which she and her readers love.

Linda plans to write three to six books in each series. It takes her approximately three to four months to write each book. She writes for approximately five hours a day. Her book, The Last Chance Cafe, became the Lifetime movie, Last Chance, starring Kevin Sorbo. Linda's advice to aspiring writers is to write often and not to over-edit themselves.

Linda grew up in Northport, Washington. Her parents ran Lael's Motel and her father was the town marshal. Linda went to high school and has worked as: a waitress; a medical chart filing clerk; and a clerk typist at an insurance office. She is divorced and has one adult daughter. Linda describes herself as an ordinary, good person who is proud to be an American and believes in God. She also says she has an excellent sense of humor and she has to watch her weight. She enjoys making and swapping artist trading cards, and she is good at reading Tarot-cards. She doesn't like to sit still unless her hands are busy at a keyboard or with a paint brush. In the future, she would like to visit the Great Wall of China and The White House. She'd like a part in a movie or TV series made from her book(s), and she'd like to spend at least a week riding horses at a dude ranch.

Linda started Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women to help women by inproving their education and skills. For more information, visit www.lindalaelmiller.com. Linda's latest book, Big Sky Secrets, is available in stores now. St. Paul readers can find many of her books at a St. Paul Public Library or a Ramsey County Library.

Julia Parent also writes St. Paul TV Examiner and St. Paul Magazine Examiner articles.

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