Linda LaRue Austin


Austin, Linda 1355831Fort Worth, TX, USA
Industry: Arts
Field: Freelance Writing

Linda LaRue Austin was always encouraged to pursue a career in writing. The daughter of quiet farmers, she took to reading early in life, a pastime easily enjoyed living in a serene and peaceful environment. Her paternal grandmother was a schoolteacher, so books were never hard to come by, and her interest in writing only increased as the years progressed. As a high school student, she was encouraged further by one of her English teachers, Thelma Newby, who praised her writing abilities.

In 1967, Ms. Austin completed a bachelor’s degree in theology and Christian education, with a minor in drama, at Northwest Christian College, an institution to which she received a scholarship. She became an ordained pastor in 1970, and earned a Master of Religious Studies from Lexington Theological Seminary the same year. She has since fulfilled her desire to serve as a minister through Stephen Ministries and the Disciples of Christ Church.

Ms. Austin is an honored member of Fort Worth Writers, and maintains affiliations with the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. and the Romance Writers of America. She is also a former member of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and considers herself to be an expert in various subjects, including several areas of history, archery and photography. She credits her successful career to having good friends, good fortune, a loving God, and being persistent.

Now retired from her career as a writing instructor and educator, Ms. Austin currently works as a freelance writer. She has produced several manuscripts, and her fantasy novel, “Midnight Amethyst,” is nearly complete. “You have to learn your craft,” she says. “If you know the craft, there’s just about anything you can do with it.” With that in mind, she intends to continue growing personally and professionally in the future. Continue reading

Sue J. Clark


Clark, SueWriter, Editor, Ghostwriter, Poet, Memoirist, Writing Instructor, Tutor, Agent, Consultant, Book Doctor
SJ Clark Literary Specialties, LLC
Lincoln, CA, USA
Industry: Media and Entertainment
Field: Ghostwriting and Writing Instruction

Literary agent Sue J. Clark is wholly immersed in the field of writing, editing and publishing. She not only edits client books and pitches authors to publishers; she also teaches the fundamentals of writing and publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction to a stable of eager learners. Noting the obstacles writers face in promoting their work, Ms. Clark co-founded ShortReads Press, an organization that compiles, prints and circulates poetry, short fiction, personal essays and articles written by Northern Californians.

Ms. Clark draws upon a wealth of experience for creative inspiration in her own writings. “I owned a historic hotel and a travel agency,” she says. “I also co-owned two tourist trade newspapers and served as a poetry instructor at adult education schools and community facilities.” She has written a monthly travel column for the Lincoln News Messenger since 2005 and ghost-wrote “Is Anybody Listening: The True Story About the POW/MIAs in the Vietnam War,” published in 2005.

Ms. Clark received her bachelor of arts in speech communication in 1952 from the University of Washington and her Associate of Arts in 1949 from Stephens College.

Additionally, she has taken coursework in speech communication from Northwestern University. She is the recipient of the American Biographical Institute’s 2006 Woman of the Year award and the recipient of Highest Honor from the Military Writers Society of America. Ms. Clark is the president of the Lincoln Poetry Club. From 1991 to 1993, she served as the president of Lions Clubs International in San Francisco. From 1975 to 1977, she served on the National Society of Fundraising Executives Board of Directors. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi.

Presently, Ms. Clark is ghost-writing a book about World War II and train hospitality management students. She also hosts the monthly Lincoln Poetry Club open-mic event at Twelve Bridges Library. Continue reading

Elayne Camp Sanders


Sanders, Elayne

English Teacher
Flower Mound High School
Flower Mound, TX, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Grammar and Writing Instruction

“I don’t think there is anything better than just sitting down with a book and digging into it,” says Elayne Camp Sanders, an English teacher for Flower Mound High School, located in Texas. Throughout her nearly four decades in education, she has been a strong advocate for reading and has helped guide her students through the practice of writing, aiding them in refining their skills. She simply states, “To become a better writer, you write.”

As the daughter of two educators, it seemed only natural that Ms. Sanders would pursue a career as a teacher herself, which led her to The University of Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in English, with a minor in history, in 1966. With more than 38 years in the profession, she has taught in Tennessee, Texas and Europe. Prior to joining Flower Mound High School, she worked for the University of Maryland, while in Europe. In her current capacity, she uses her expertise in grammar and writing to teach English to students in grades 9 through 12, ensuring that each meets Individualized Education Program (IEP) objectives. Ms. Sanders also functions as a special education resource teacher and would like to see people look at individuals with special needs the same way they look at all others. She has also served as a co-area director of the Special Olympics in Tennessee for two years.

Ms. Sanders always puts the focus on her students, and her best advice to other professionals is “Show an interest in them (the students) and they will respond.” As a result of her hard work and dedication, she was nominated as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 1991. She remains current in her field through her affiliations with the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of Teachers of English, and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Ms. Sanders has been married to her husband, Larry, for 46 years, and they have two children and three grandsons. Looking ahead, she intends to strengthen her technology skills. Continue reading