About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Need I Say More?

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Of course I will. Never did I meet a quote that I could let stand alone. When this one flashed across my newsfeed this morning I thought Hmm…what a novel idea…duh. Of course you’re going to find yourself in a new place if you do something you’ve never done. What a great motivator to take that leap and do that thing you’ve been contemplating. It doesn’t have to be big. It could be something as small as opening that twitter account you’ve been so hesitant of doing. Or it could be taking that step and retiring. Or it could be fixing up your resume and taking that first step toward finding a new job. It could even be walking a different route on your daily walk. Point is, something new begets something new.

For me, personally, it’s this illustrating thing. The more I try to write, the more illustrating work comes my way. I’m currently working on a picture book for a lady from Minnesota who is a relatively new writer, but I fell in love with her story and I’m willing to act as editor, too. Children’s illustrator Jeff Pinkney said in an interview I read in response to the question of what advice would you give to a new, shy illustrator just starting out, “Choose each project because there is something in it that speaks to you in a personal way and sparks creative thinking.” I hung that quote in my work area and that is my compass for choosing new projects. Then yesterday (see What A Find for back story) I get a message from my rocker/writer friend. She was so excited to find I was a children’s author/illustrator because she is working on a children’s and teen’s book of poetry and wanted to know if I’d be interested in illustrating it.

By doing something new – something I’d never in a million years ever planned to do, I’m going new places and meeting new people everyday. Along with this comes new personal and professional growth as a result of not shying away, despite the fear doing something new can bring.

And so, as another day goes by, it’s time to leave my chair and go out there and try something new today, and…I have written.

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