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Lisa and Linda both reasoned that a single author name would better lend itself to a piece of fiction than two author names. But what name to choose? Since they are twins (identical) and both started out in this world with the maiden name, “L.M. Dempsey,” they decided to use it.
Lisa Rubrich and Linda Balsamo were born in Appleton, Wisconsin, but grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. After both graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lisa with a degree in biology and Linda with a degree in marketing, they went their separate ways to pursue graduate degrees, Lisa in microbiology and Linda, a MBA. Lisa and Linda both worked simultaneously at the University of Illinois at Chicago in very different roles, often confusing fellow staff members who did not know their co-worker was an identical twin.
Lisa Rubrich eventually became a certified orthotist and at one point ventured into the orthotic shoe business. She currently lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.
Linda Balsamo went on to earn a PhD in human and organizational systems and wrote The Earl of Hampton, based on a true story she came across while researching Deaf Culture and its history. Her second novel, In the Land of Snails and Bunnies: Confessions of a middle manager confronting a pink slip, was tabled while this current novel was written. Linda lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and twin sons.