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Favorite Books

Hold the Enlightenment, Sense of Place,Fresh Air Fiend,Happy Isles of Oceania, Blue Latitudes, Passage to Juneau,Stories of Hawaii-Jack London,A Sunburned Country,Moloka'i,Travels in Alaska Lady in the Rockies,Marco Polo Didn't go There

What I'm Reading

Just finished Marco Polo Didn't Go There and The Chronicles of Savannah Dolpins and The Legend of Toucan Moon

Favorite Authors

Tim Cahill, Rolp Potts, Michael Shapiro, Paul Theroux, Jack London, Bill Byrson, Alan Brennert, John Muir, Isabelle Bird, Tony Horwitz


A love triangle of extremes has proven to be a solid base for my writing. From my roots in Alaska I receive strength, solitude, centeredness and respect for the awful power of nature. My short story Raindrop People and numerous adventure articles including my most recent “Raven Brings the Sun” about my float down the Tatshenshini River take place in my homeland. In Hawaii I found nurturing, a spiritual awakening, sensuality, peace and my heroine for my historical fiction, Wai-nani—High Chiefess of Hawaii. In proud California I obtained a degree in English Literature from Northridge University and a doctorate in urban savvy. I continue to enjoy opportunities here for intellectual stimulation, exciting contacts and friends. It makes a great base for exploits that I will share in my travel collection Lost Angel Walkabout. www.LindaBallouAuthor.com