MA, Writer for Veranda
As a child, Linda Clopton played word games with her grandfather on his front porch in Alabama. There she learned that words are both precise and chameleon-like, and she fell in love with the English language. After earning an MA in journalism from Indiana University, she worked as writer, editor, and TV/radio producer. Then she leaped into freelancing and became copyeditor and writer for Veranda magazine. Similar work followed for Chicago Home and Garden, Atlanta, The Human Ecologist and others, as well as for corporate clients such as Coca Cola USA, Pelican Publishing, and Butler Shoe (à la Mad Men). She loves the variety! It lets her explore many topics – from bamboo to banking, to travel, and even chocolate candy.
Linda also writes fiction. One of her first stories, a mystery, sold to The Fourth Woman Sleuth Anthology. She received a PEN Syndicated Fiction award for “Growing Pains”, which appeared in both San Francisco Chronicle and The Kansas City Star. A finalist for Nimrod's Katherine Anne Porter prize and the River Oak/Hemingway award, among others, she also received a residency fellowship to Hedgebrook writers retreat near Seattle. In 2003, she was invited to read at the West Cork Literary Festival where her story “Mazes” was chosen for an Irish anthology.
A voracious reader, Linda enjoys both literary tomes and mysteries. She divides her fiction-writing time between a novel and short stories, and enjoys a bit of chocolate for inspiration.