The Author’s Journey Begins on “A Long and Winding Road” | Local news

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By Alice Reese

Herald-Banner Contributor

Although Emory resident Linda Brendle wrote many training notes during her 40 years in the business world, she did not consider herself a writer.

In 2005, her parents moved in with her. Her mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and her father had a number of medical problems, but at that time only mild dementia.

“My aunt, who had been a nursing aide, advised me to keep a journal,” Brendle said during his author‘s recent presentation to the Commerce Public Library. “She told me that it might be just for me to let off steam, but also that the newspaper might help someone someday.” I also wrote a few notes and shared a few things on Facebook regarding the challenges of taking care of my parents. People were rave about my writing and I was encouraged.

“My husband David and I bought a 40ft trailer and we took a long trip with mom and dad. The journal I kept of this trip became my first memoir. Eventually, the Memoirs became my first book, which was called “A Long and Winding Road”.

She recounts the seven-week journey through 16 states, a difficult and at times fun experience with her parents, affectionately known as “the children.” With her signature humor, she described one of their stops along the way

“After dinner, with mum and dad sat contentedly in front of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ David and I took a romantic walk to the landfill,” she said.

Eventually, Brendle completed a number of drafts and the book underwent no less than 14 edits. “After the book was published, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. “I was a writer.

Then the author wrote a remarkable sequel to his mother’s story. In the ‘Thank You’ for ‘Mom’s Long Goodbye’, Brendle said, ‘I hope mom’s story and mine will offer some relief, comfort and encouragement to those whose story is not. not yet finished and to those who are in mourning. “

She introduced each chapter of “A Long Winding Road” and “Mommy’s Long Goodbye” with an appropriate Bible verse.

Brendle considers herself a Christian author, but that title doesn’t stop her from exploring difficult and even painful topics such as sex trafficking in her books.

“I’m not a moralizer,” she said. “But when the emotions are forged, I try to make the writing as believable as possible. As I am a Christian writer, my works are in no way graphic.

After starting out with non-fiction, Brendle moved on to fiction with “Tatia’s Tattoo”, which was released in 2018.

“In 2014 a group of Tyler came to my church,” she said. “These were people on a mission to save children from sex trafficking in North and East Texas. Despite what we may have been led to believe, I have learned that children are not taken from the streets as often as they are recruited and cared for.

“Because I want my writing to be as realistic as possible, I do a lot of research. In order to prepare myself to write “Tatia’s Tattoo” I read everything I could and looked at all the websites I could find on child rescue. I have a friend who is a former vice-cop who helped with the arrest and arraignment scenes. My cousin, who is a lawyer in Arkansas, edited the footage for the trial.

A lively and moving suspenseful thriller, “Tatia’s Tattoo” follows a lonely adopted child who is sexually trafficked and ultimately receives the blessing of a new beginning. Filled with painful details of how men like Eric find their way into the world of a teenager or preteen, the book succeeds as an uplifting and hopeful tale.

Brendle followed up his first novel with a sequel titled “Fallen Angel Salvage” in 2019.

“The driving force behind this book was my readers who asked again and again when the next book would be ready so that they could find out what happened to Tatia and her family,” the author said in the introduction to “Fallen Angel Salvage”.

The well-paced sequel takes place many years after the first novel and joins Tatia, her husband Jesse, their 9-year-old daughter Joy and their son Daniel. They live in Rockford County near Chicago and have “Fallen Angel Salvage,” a motorcycle repair shop and tattoo parlor. Also on the property, Tatia runs a non-profit rescue operation similar to that carried out by Mr. and Mrs. G, who rescued her and became her adoptive parents.

As Jesse explains to Tatia, “I can collect bikes while you save lives.”

Another thrilling and rousing ride, the novel brings back a former villain, who threatens revenge on Tatia and her family. Bikers, cops and computer scientists join in the search for a missing family member.

While they didn’t want any pets, especially no domestic cats, Linda and David Brendle brought the little black and white kitten recently into their laundry room because it was raining. Soon the furry baby crept into their lives.

Nicknamed Kitty, she became the star of Linda Brendle’s weekly “City Girl” column in the Rains County Leader. Then, in 2019, Kitty became the subject of the author’s lightweight journal, “Kitty’s Story: From Wild Kitten to Reigning Domestic Cat”. The four-ounce kitten eventually morphed into a 13-pound, medium-haired tuxedo cat.

As a multi-genre fiction writer and memoir writer, Brendle continued his career.

“I’m working on a third book in the ‘Tatia’ series called ‘Salvaged’ and I want to write a story about WWII,” she said. “I have a friend who was born in Holland. His family hid a Jewish family during the war. The book will be fictionalized but based on his memories.

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