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CONTROVERSY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF WRITER’S CAREER

How many white black women with lupus have published books on Messianic Jews, porn stars, and novels of good and evil, appeared on the Oprah and Sally Jessy Raphael shows, and interviewed TV and classic film actors?

The product of mixed race ancestry, Linda, who often presents a talk on mixed race genealogy titled “Bridging the Color Line,” wrote “The White House, Racism in Genealogy,” a weekend cover article for the Baton Rouge [Louisiana] Advocate’s Sunday Magazine in April, 2000. She’s had a newspaper column with over 30,000 readers. Her national publication credits include celebrity pieces for The Washington Times, Contemporary Christian Musician, and Spotlight Magazine. Public relations efforts have brought her up-and-coming clients in TV and music, including: Kevin DiSimone, performer/ex-backup for Barry Manilow; Carey Cromelin and William Bell Sullivan, actors, The Guiding Light. Her interview experiences include film and TV—Robert Stack, Jim Varney, Peter Coyote, Chad Everett, Michael Cole; soap opera—Michael Zaslow, Linda Dano, others from The Guiding Light and Another World; oldies musicians—Gary Puckett, Lou Christie, Tiny Tim, Dion; and Christian artists Dallas Holm and Steve Camp. She is a recognized biographer of Hollywood classic film actor, Robert Taylor.

In addition to 4 published books, Linda contributed “Tales of Love,” a chapter on the evolution of love over the first 100 years of film, to the international film commemorative, 100 Years of Moving Pictures, (Faircourt International, 11/1995), in addition to a biographical piece on actor Robert Taylor and interviews with actors Peter Coyote and Jim Varney. Her essay, "Linda's Story," appeared in Hitchiker’s Guide to the Electronic Highway, (Henry Holt & Co. subsidiary, 6/1994), a book by Pamela Kane.

A 1991 letter Linda wrote about emotional child abuse made her the featured speaker on the Oprah Show. She also appeared on The Sally Jessy Raphael Show discussing the use of sexuality in marketing, and Lifetime TV’s Attitudes With Linda Dano, talking of contentious female business relationships. She sat on a child abuse panel sponsored by [then] Maryland Senator Jean Roesser; represented National Child Rights Alliance at a meeting to create a national child rights committee; and co-founded a group to save a historic theatre, coordinating with soap star guests a benefit attended by four hundred people. She also organized a celebrity play reading to benefit National Child Rights Alliance. Its success brought about a new play, read to benefit The Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund. Linda co-wrote both, well-received by readers—all professional TV soap actors, and audiences.

Linda’s been heard on internet radio and West Coast soap opera radio, lectured elementary kids on writing, and been the Keynote Speaker at a Robert Taylor celebration. Her seminars, "Reporting On Celebrities: Getting A Great Interview" and “You Are Who You Think You Are: Creating Your Image” have been given to local and national writers. She’s a past editor and current member of Washington Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, Washington Writers Center, and former Montgomery County, Maryland contact for People Against Child Abuse.

In Linda’s world, anything can happen. It does, and she writes about it.

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