Linda Shelley Whiting was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in Mesa, Arizona. When she was six, her father was killed in a car accident, leaving behind six small children. At age eleven, Linda wrote a paper for school on what she wanted to be when she grew up. She already knew. The title read, "Why I Want to Be a Writer." Her passion is writing, but she also is crazy about family history, growing things, and the LDS women's writing group, American Night Writers' Association.
While doing research in the BYU library for a magazine article on the painter Minerva Teichert, Linda had a spiritual experience concerning David W. Patten. Pondering on what happened between those library stacks that day, she came to the conclusion she was to write a biography of this great Apostle's life. The research for this book took ten years, the writing, eighteen months.
September 20, 1948
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Colorado-New Mexico 1970-1971
Communications: BA 1970 Brigham Young University
American Night Writers' Association
Mormon History Association
Mesa Historical Association
Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation