Linda Sue Park: Biography

Linda Sue Park

25 mar 1960

An ardent lover of poetry, author Linda Sue Park’s favourite past time was to read books even as a child. Born on Mar 25, 1960 in Urbana, Illinois, Linda Sue started writing poems and stories from the age of four. She also got paid one dollar for a poem that she published when she was nine years old.

Linda’s interest in writing grew as she moved from school to college. She published many poems for children magazines. After completing her graduation in English, Linda Sue worked as a public-relations writer for an oil Company. Even though this was not the exact writing that she wished to be in, the job helped her learn to write professionally.

After two years, Linda moved to Dublin along with an Irishman whom she married later. Again they moved to U.S in 1990. In the meantime, Linda switched many jobs from an English teacher to a food journalist. But the flair for writing was still in Linda’s heart and finally when she realised it, she started writing her first book, ‘Seesaw Girl’ in 1997.

Linda started publishing many books. One of her work, ‘A Single Shard’ won the 2002 Newbery Medal. Thus Linda who started her life aspiring to be a writer moved different paths in between and finally achieved her destination.

Linda Sue Park currently lives in Western New York with her husband and she has a son and a daughter.