Linda Crotta Brennan - Author of Books for Young Reader

Photo by Betsy DevanyI'm thrilled that my debut novel, "The Selkie's Daughter," has been welcomed by so many readers. Fantasy fiction is a whole new adventure for me and this is truly a story from my heart. But even before I could read, I wanted to tell stories. When I was little, I'd draw stories with stick figures. Later, after I started school, I would climb the willow tree in my backyard, where I'd write in my journal and make lists of favorite words. As a teenager, I wrote poetry and my own Nancy Drew mysteries, but I never imagined being an author. I didn't think authors were real people. Instead, I went to college and became a teacher.

Then I married and had three daughters. I read them children's books and I fell in love with the poetic language, the wonderful characters, and the beautiful illustrations. One day, I decided to write my own book about the squirrel who raided our birdfeeder. "Hickory Squirrel" was never published, but I kept on writing, even after I returned to teaching. I took a class on writing for children, joined a writer's group, and went to writing workshops. I wrote, rewrote, and rewrote again.

Finally, I had my first piece, a recipe for making an elephant for breakfast, published in Humpty Dumpty Magazine. Next came a story about my great grandfather, "The Dream Violin." I revised it fourteen times before it appeared in Highlights for Children. Since then I've published countless other stories, articles, and books for children. Seeing my words in print is a thrill, but even if I had never been published, I would still love the process of writing, polishing, and refining until a story is just right.

Linda Crotta Brennan is the author of over two dozen books for young people. Her debut novel, The Selkie's Daughter, was named a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Title and received a starred review in School Library Journal. Her other books include When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story, which won five awards, and was selected as the Children's Book Council's Outstanding Science Trade Book and Notable Social Studies Trade Book of the Year. The Black Regiment of the American Revolution was chosen for Georgia's core curriculum. Marshmallow Kisses was selected as one of the Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College.


Our dear Willow, the inspiration
for Tolly's character. 


Ms. Brennan writes full time now, but she's held a wide range of jobs dealing with books, from working as an instructor with the Institute of Children's Literature, teaching in pre and elementary schools, serving as the Teen Program Coordinator at a public library, to destroying book bindings for U.S. Testing.

She holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Author's Guild.

Ms. Brennan grew up in New Jersey, an only child who spent a lot of time up in a willow tree. She and her husband now live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. She has three grown daughters and four terrific grandchildren.



Home | About The Author | Events | Workshops | For Teachers | Linda's Blog | Past Interviews | Links | Contact Linda
New Releases | Fiction Books | Non-Fiction Books
© Copyright 2008-2024 Linda Crotta Brennan. All rights reserved.

Linda Crotta Brennan, award-winning writer of books for young readers, is the author of Marshmallow Kisses, Flannel Kisses, The Black Regiment
of the American Revolution, North Carolina: Rookie Read About Geography, Simple Economics Series, and a contributor to Women of the Golden State.
Ms. Brennan is available for writing workshops, school visits, book signings and book readings.