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 those?) and corresponded regularly with my 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 of Great Britain to congratulate her on her birthday. No, the queen 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 in the 1950s there must have been lots of slow news days!

Eventually, I edited the high school newspaper and the college yearbook, won an essay contest, got a master’s degree in journalism. Lots of writing in jobs and my own marketing and PR business and in hosting and producing a cable television show. And my volunteer life: everyone’s favorite bulletin editor, publicity chair, and grant writer.

I’ve published book reviews, a couple of travel pieces on China, and many business articles, including, for seven years, a quarterly column on international business in a statewide magazine. To satisfy the requests of friends and family for email 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 and stokes them. My passions 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? Who else dubbed their high school lunch table “the round table at the Algonquin”? I wrote my junior year honors English author term paper on Henry James, a choice not exactly plucked from our curriculum. This Anglophile devoured C.P.Snow’s Strangers and Brothers British university-based series by the age of 15.

I’ve always prized knowledge and education for its own sake, not just as a means to a career or other practical end. However, it came in handy when I competed on “Jeopardy”—you should have seen me rip through as “World History,” “Politics,” “Journalists and Newspapers,” and the Final Jeopardy Category, “Capitals of the World.” “Trees and Flowers”? Not so proficient. And, no I don’t have a DVD or even a tape: it was 1973.

After the Auction, my first novel, encompasses several subjects that I’ve researched over the years: Nazi art looting, the kindertransport, the smuggling of refugees and military equipment into Israel before the establishment of the state, Jews who escaped the Nazis by going to Shanghai.

Workng on The Lost Torah of Shanghai, novel #2, revisits in more depth Jewish history from Iraq to India and China, a diaspora that diverges from my own family’s past. But it synchronizes with the path of our present, due to my son’s work and marriage in China and the travel, connections, and friendships that have resulted from my vested interest in that road previously less followed.