Linda Gellatly has lived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada since 1984. She worked for a well-known chain of bookstores for eight years. Wanting to advance beyond retail sales she decided that it was time to be an author.
She went to college in her early 50s to improve her office skills and received a diploma in Advanced Business Management and E-Commerce.
Currently she divides her time between working for the Provincial Government, acting in television and movie projects, and writing freelance articles and more books. In her spare time she likes to get her hands dirty working in the garden.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an IPad because I wanted to be able to have a device that I can do more with than just read electronic books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Toronto, Ontario Canada in the Beach neighbourhood. I was influenced to write at a young age by my teachers in Balmy Beach elementary school. I had a lot of trouble with spelling. It was in an era before any types of dyslexia were heard of. Teachers just assumed that kids didn't try hard enough to learn. I remember being put back from grade 3 into grade 2 because the teacher didn't feel that I could keep up with the class. That happened just days before my birthday and the taunts of being called a flunky etc. by my classmates gave me the push maybe that I needed to try harder. I still have trouble with spelling, so I am glad that in this era there are computers to have spell check to help me.
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