Linda was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. She grew up in Cincinnati and southern Indiana, technically, Yankeeland. But she also spent much time with her mother’s mom, Ethel, born in Nashville, raised in Florence, Alabama. She spoke often and lovingly of the south, its heritage as one Linda shared, and that all things were more civilized, less harsh and people kinder there. In short, she left a residual certainty in Linda that being Southern was a blessing and one Linda should nurture.