About Linda Adams
While other little girls were dreaming of being princesses and living happily ever after, Linda Adams wanted mysteries and treasure hunts; action and adventure. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much beyond romances, so when her best friend wrote a school play, Linda thought that was a great idea, and she started writing stories with a girl sleuth like Nancy Drew.
Then Star Trek came along, and this was in the days when the fandom was starting to get rolling. She looked at Lieutenant Uhura, a woman in a very important position on the bridge. The crew didn’t say, “Oh, she’s a woman. She doesn’t know anything.” Instead, they respected Uhura’s skills and abilities.
Linda went to her first convention in Los Angeles that same year, and started reading science fiction. There was even less for her. Women were often not even present in the stories, and when they were present, they were no better than wallpaper. Then along came fantasy, and specifically Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress series. Ooh! Stories about women, and some were action!
Soon, no job forced Linda to look at a surprising option for a woman, and even more surprising for an Adams: the army. She had flat feet, was a terrible runner, and couldn’t march worth anything. Still, she enlisted. Army life was not as exciting as the commercials made it out to be, which was probably a good thing because Linda probably would have fallen over a fence instead of climbing over it.
Then war came, and Linda was deployed to the first Persian Gulf War. This adventure was on the too exciting side! Linda was part of the wave of women that went over when it was still strange and new for women to be deployed. She stayed in the military for 12 years.
Now she is writing fiction. And, of course, there are women characters. Some of them are soldiers, too.
Linda Adams, Soldier, Storyteller
You can also visit my website at http://www.linda-adams.com and reach me at LAdams900 AT gmail DOT com.