About Linda

Linda Frank, Author of  After the Auction

Linda Frank, Author of After the Auction

I’ve always written…

As a child, I wrote letters (remember letters?) and corresponded regularly with aunts and cousins. I had pen pals, another anachronism in this age of email and texting. I even wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth II to congratulate her on a birthday. No, she didn’t respond personally. But a letter from her lady-in-waiting on Buckingham Palace stationery landed me a write-up and picture in the local newspaper. In Milwaukee 1957, a very slow news day.

After winning an essay contest, editing the high school newspaper and college yearbook, my master’s degree in journalism led to writing in jobs, in my own marketing and PR business and in hosting and producing a cable television show. And as a volunteer: bulletin editor, publicity chair, grant writer.

I’ve published book reviews, travel pieces on China, and business articles, including for seven years a quarterly column on international business in a statewide magazine. At  the requests of friends and family for updates, I blogged (on another website) during our trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A writer is a reader. A reader develops passions for specific topics. Mine lie in eclectic aspects of 20th century history. That childhood fascination with the British Royal Family is one, as my collection of books and memorabilia attests. Some of my reading made me weird as a kid. The New Yorker. A high school lunch table I dubbed “the round table at the Algonquin.”  My junior year honors English term paper on Henry James.  C.P. Snow’s Strangers and Brothers British university-based series devoured by age 15.

I’ve always prized knowledge for its own sake, not just for career or another practical end. However on “Jeopardy” I sailed through “World History,” “Politics,” “Journalists and Newspapers,” and the Final Jeopardy Category, “Capitals of the World.” Sorry,  no DVD or even a tape. It was 1973.

After the Auction encompasses several long-researched subjects: Nazi art looting, the kindertransport, the smuggling of refugees and military equipment into pre-state Israel, Jews who escaped the Nazis in Shanghai.

The Lost Torah of Shanghai, delving into Jewish history from Iraq to India and China, synchronizes with the path of my family in China and related travel, connections, and friendships.

The Nice Little Blonde Girl fictionalizes a family story that resonates with, and has expanded, the scope of my fascination with Holocaust and European history. 

Lily Kovner, “The Jewish Miss Marple,”  is my alter ego/doppelganger through these journeys. Not a clone, but we’re definitely friends.