WHERE I WRITE: MEET LINDA BRENDLE, author of A LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Today I have the pleasure of featuring a guest on my blog! The lovely author Linda Brendle has been kind enough to help me kick off a regular blog feature that I’m excited to debut today: the “Where I Write” series. Linda is here today to tell us about the surroundings where she crafts her writing as well as her newly released memoir, A LONG AND WINDING ROAD.
After 15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire and amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas town where she gardens, writes and attends church.
1. Linda, where is your favorite place to write?
Most of my writing takes place inside my head, sometimes a long time before the words make it to the computer screen. My favorite place to muse and create is my garden where my hands are busy but my mind is free to roam. When it comes time to transcribe my thoughts, I find a quiet spot–quiet being a somewhat relative term at times–and settle in with my laptop.
2. What’s special about this spot?
I don’t require a certain ambiance when I write. My first tentative articles were written in a home office I shared with my husband David, and the first draft of my memoir was scribbled in a spiral notebook while I sat in the co-pilot’s seat of the RV. When we relocated to Texas, I first sat in a very old Queen Anne chair with my computer on a TV table in front of me. That chair has now been replaced with a recliner, and I’ve migrated to an oversized chair in the corner of the living room. The computer is still on a TV table, but I now have a wireless keyboard so I can sit in all kinds of ergonomically incorrect positions. There is also an ottoman that is large enough to accommodate my feet as well as any miscellaneous paperwork I’ve accumulated, and if I get tired, I simply curl up under my afghan and take a nap.
3. What projects are you working on at the moment?
I have four works in progress right now. Mom’s battle with Alzheimer’s began long before most of us were aware of it, and it continued for four more years after we returned from our epic RV trip. I’m writing another memoir about her struggle called Mom’s Long Good-Bye: Fifteen Years with Alzheimer’s. I’m also working on an inspirational study guide for caregivers called The Stages of Caregiver Grief. In a complete departure from anything I’ve ever done, I’ve outlined the skeleton of a novel called My Father’s House about a young girl who gets caught up in the sex-trafficking trade in a small Texas town. This project was inspired by a presentation from a local non-profit organization that rescues children like the one in my story. Finally, I’m co-writing a screenplay with a friend who has a background in the movie business. The working title of the script is A Cat in the Attic, and it’s based on the true story of a Dutch family who hid a Jewish couple in their home for almost three years during World War II. Once the dust settles from the release of A Long and Winding Road, I suppose I need to narrow my focus a bit.
Learn more about Linda!
Want to read more about Linda’s experiences as an Alzheimer’s caregiver who took the road trip of a lifetime (and of a saint!)? Read the synopsis of A LONG AND WINDING ROAD (published by Anaiah Press) below and find out where you can get your copy!
Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.
Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.
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