work has appeared in REDBOOK, THE JOYFUL WOMAN, LIFESTYLES, DR. LAURA'S
PERSPECTIVES, THE NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN, NOSTALGIA, THE FRESNO BEE, and
elsewhere. She wrote a regular humor column for a monthly periodical,
and was a "special assignments" reporter for a local daily newspaper.
In many short stories and essays such as "Saying So Long To A Kindred Spirit" and "Tellin' Tales", Ms. Horton writes from childhood experiences in rural East Texas. The southern people and lifestyle hold a special place in her heart. She makes it a point, as often as possible, to return to her childhood home in Texas, as well as ancestral homes in Alabama and Tennessee.
Time & Again is Ms. Horton's first novel based on a true story. She has followed that with Time Will Tell and Fear Not, also fact-based stories. She has just completed a non-fiction book as yet untitled, and is working on the sequel to Fear Not.
Ms. Horton is experienced and available for motivational speaking engagements in the areas of education, writing and spirituality. She has successfully pulled herself "up by the bootstraps" from being an eighth grade dropout to a college graduate with honors and a respected professional. She says it has been God who has given her the ability and determination to succeed against seemingly impossible odds.
". . . . an excellent
instructor who cares deeply about the success of her students. . . Ms
Horton has been instrumental in our 50 % increase in student enrollment
this past year by providing a quality instructional experience. I highly
recommend her for any teaching assignment she may pursue."
"I have been a member
of Linda Horton's Writing for Publication classes since 2000. She has
helped me gain expertise and confidence. . . My writing is no longer
a short description of an event. I have expanded my abilities. . . The
product has improved and my short stories have now been published."
to constructively edit, or as she puts it: 'kill your babies', has helped
my work evolve into sharper prose. Her objective suggestions, based
on her experience as a published author, encourage me to strive to improve.
As a result of her class, I am more determined than ever to succeed.
. . . "
"Linda counts on
each of us to bring his or her individual perspective to the class.
As we edit one another's work she guides the session, drawing out our
best, and adding her own. She is serious about her work, and gives guidance
even when it is uncomfortable. Her honesty and courage are an inspiration
to us all. A large measure of any success I may achieve belongs to my
teacher and friend, Linda."
"Linda Horton has
been my writing instructor, tutor, mentor, and guide for over two years.
I have completed two books under her direction. Her teaching ability
and motivation skills are commendable. She instills in her students
a feeling of worth, erasing any notion of giving up. And it is her sincere
words of encouragement that keep us coming back."