Just Who The Heck is Linda Broday?


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In case some of you are asking this mind-boggling question……I’m here to set the record straight. I’m the most boring person. In fact, I’m tempted to make up something to make me interesting. Like maybe I’m a billionaire’s kept mistress or a renowned scientist or I secretly work at the CIA and only posing as a writer….But nope.


1  I’m extremely shy. I hate it and always envied anyone who could talk in front of crowds with ease. I’ve always been afraid of groups and that makes promoting my books very hard. But I do whatever I have to and, over the years, it has gotten a little easier.


2. I have three sisters and one brother and I’m 4th in the pecking order. We’re all gifted in one way or another. My brother is in real estate in Houston, one older sister paints pictures, another older sister can cook like crazy and create the most beautiful cakes and my youngest sister is an author like me with a successful series in addition to writing songs and performing on stage. This picture was taken at our reunion last year. I’m standing with the pink lei around my neck.

Smith Kids

3. I have three children and five beautiful grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter graduated suma cum laude from Texas Tech University last year.


4. My last name was made up by my husband’s grandfather who, during World War I, didn’t want anyone to know he was German. The name was originally Broka. To this day there are very few Brodays in the world. The name (with various spelling variations) has become popular in the last decade as a boy’s first name. In fact, my hero in Redemption is Brodie Yates. I thought that would be a fun thing to do.


5. I’ve never gone one day of college. When I was growing up we were extremely poor so when I graduated from high school I had to get a job to help support the family. My dad only went to the 3rd grade (and not many days of that) and my mom went to the 8th. When my parents married, my dad couldn’t read or write so my mom taught him. I’m still astounded that I could be a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. 


6. From the time I was old enough to know anything I wanted to be a writer. I made up stories in my head long before I learned to write. I was always a fanciful child. Reading books was my favorite thing to do and still is. The very first story I ever wrote was for school. It was about an ant colony that played football in the family’s sugar bowl. I remember getting an A on that. My next story was about some squirrels. Ha, insects and rodents seemed to have fascinated me! Somehow I graduated to romance……



7. My biggest adventure was a Caribbean Cruise I took four years ago. I toured some Mayan ruins and that was a chance of a lifetime for me. Such a thrill to see what I’d previously only known in pictures. A huge difference! I loved seeing where those ancient people once lived, worked and raised a family. I’d love to go back sometime. But dear Lord, it was hot!! I learned a tropical heat is way hotter than here in Texas.

Cruise Ship in Cozumel

8. I recently played a part (okay it was a very small scene) in the short movie called THE EIGHTH FLOOR. One of my granddaughters wrote a short story by the same title and movie director Michael Crabtree read it and decided to make it into a movie. I learned one thing very quickly…I am not cut out to be an actor. I hated the constant retakes and having to repeat the same lines and actions over and over and over. Each scene took forever to film. But I was happy to have had the experience. (Click on the image to make it readable.)

Script The Eighth Floor

9. In addition to being a member of Romance Writers of America, I’m program director for a writing group here called the Panhandle Professional Writers. It’s one of the oldest continuously run writing groups of its kind in the U.S.  I’m tasked with finding program speakers. So anyone out there….contact me for a speaking opportunity.


10. The only place I write my stories is here in my office. From the first time I saw this house three years ago, I knew I could write some good stories in here in this room. A feeling that’s hard to describe came over me. And it was true. I wrote the entire Bachelors of Battle Creek series and now Books 1 & 2 of my upcoming Men of Legend series and deep into Book 3. I think this house is blessed. Please don’t look at the mess. 

Desk smaller

Books smaller

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11. In another chapter of my life, my husband and I owned a bowling alley and that was lots of fun. It was a lot of long hours though. Oddly enough, I never was a good bowler…even with all the practice…and darn it, I never figured out how to cheat! But I loved watching all the people who came in.


12.   The book that directly influenced me to write western historical romance was Angel by Johanna Lindsey. That book was soooo good. How clever to have a gunslinger carry the name of Angel!



Okay, I’m going to stop here. I hear you snoring.

I’m having a drawing for a $15 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, just tell me one thing about your life. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.


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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!

67 thoughts on “Just Who The Heck is Linda Broday?”

  1. Great post Linda. I love hearing about authors outside of their writing.

    Okay, one thing about me. My husband and I went to school together but were only acquainted (I had a crush but he was oblivious). We went different directions after school, then 32 years later he found me and we fell in love, got married and next month will be our 15th wedding anniversary. Also, neither one of us had been married. I was 48 and he turned 50 just before we were married.

    Many blessings to you.
    Cindy W.

    • Hi Cindy…….Thanks for stopping by! I always enjoy seeing you. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! Wow, what an amazing story. It just proves that love can eventually win out. Might take a lot of years but it does. You should’ve bopped him on the head in school and woke him up. Just too crazy.

      Good luck in the drawing on Saturday!

    • Hi Faith……Thanks for coming. Well, you know shyness is really hard to overcome. I hate that hotness that creeps up into my face and all thoughts flee my head. I start to flounder and it’s just horrible. Over the years I have gotten better. At your booksigning, have some candy on your table and hopefully bookmarks. It helps to have props and bribe them with sugar. LOL! You’ll do great.

      • I’ve got bookmarks (lots of them!), but I didn’t think about candy. At my last book signing, I brought gingersnaps since those seemed time period appropriate.

  2. I’m an only child of parents who were avid readers which obviously rubbed off on me big time–even though my dad didn’t finish high school. Both parents were also self-taught musicians which also rubbed off on me, and I started playing in a band at 15 even though I too was shy in my younger years–but not when playing music! 🙂 Music and books are still my favorite “places” to be.

    • Hi Eliza……I’m glad you stopped by. Always great to see you. Being passionate about things–music, books, etc — always helps shy people. I totally understand being more comfortable with books and music. You’re a very talented person evidently though. Use it to your benefit.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  3. I’m like you and shy. People online wouldn’t know it though because I tend to write a lot. But in real life, it takes a lot to get me talking and I get very nervous around people. The sad thing is I have been told that people think I am a b***h because I don’t participate in conversations a lot unless I really have something to contribute. But that’s because I don’t want to interrupt anyone and sometimes I don’t know what to say. And of course starting conversations is the hardest thing for me. I usually tend to sit back and just listen unless an opening pops up and I know what to say.

    • Good morning Janine……I’m glad you could relate to my blog. You and I could be sisters. I hear you. People who don’t know me, think I’m cold and aloof which is not the case at all. Like you, it’s just that I don’t know what to say or feel others would think it’s stupid. So I just huddle in a corner and pray that the time passes fast. It’s very difficult. But we keep trying because we need to fit in somewhere. That’s something inside all of us.

      Good Luck in the Drawing on Saturday!

  4. My life is boring. I have no family, no real friends. My friends are books. They are great friends.

    • Hi Cathy……..Thank you for coming by. Often we just have to push ourselves out there and make a life. In the meantime, keep reading. Our book families fill such a need in us. Keep reading!

      I’ve entered you in the Saturday drawing!

  5. So fun to learn more about you, Linda. You are NOT boring. 🙂 I love your story about the ants playing football in the sugar bowl. I wonder if that was inspired by the college Sugar Bowl game? One of my earliest stories was inspired by hearing the golden oldie One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater. I wrote a story in 4th grade about a girl who travelled to a purple planet full of purple people being terrorized by the one-eyed creature. The intrepid heroine saved the day of course. 🙂

    Oh, and if you ever need a speaker for your Panhandle group, let me know. I might be able to swing something if it’s on a Saturday. I’m only about 4 hours away.

    • Good morning, Karen…….Thank you for refuting my boring claim. 🙂 Yes, the ants in the sugar bowl were playing in the college Sugar Bowl. But I was so young I didn’t really understand football so once I got them in there, I didn’t know what to do with them. Ha! Your Flying Purple People on a purple planet was very inventive. The things our young minds came up with.

      Oh great! Yes definitely. I’ll contact you about speaking here. YAY! Thank you.

  6. Good heavens, my dear friend, you are not boring! And I love all the pictures you posted. I just did this on Monday (now, talk about a snore!) but one other thing I did do that was awfully fun and exciting is take a wagon train trip around the Tetons! I know I’ve blogged about it here, but I love thinking about “getting away from it all” in such a unique method and beautiful place. Hugs…xox

    • Good morning, Tanya…….I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. It was really hard trying to find some interesting things to say. I had to wrack my poor brain and call on friends to help. Ha! Yes, I remember that awesome trip you took around the Tetons. I was totally jealous. I have to do that one of these days. It a unique and fun thing to do. Wouldn’t it be fun for a group of writers? I can only imagine. We’d have stories whirling in our heads and probably fall off a cliff.

      I hope life is settling down there and you’ve filled in the potholes. 🙂

  7. Linda, there is not a snore-worthy revelation in your entire post. How exciting that you were cast in a movie! Congratulations to your granddaughter on achieving every writer’s dream: a movie made from something she wrote. Just…please don’t give up writing for acting. I’d miss your stories.

    Also, I’d have to have you hanged if you became a Hollywood snob. Just sayin’.

    HUGS, you ol’ sidewinder!

    • Oh Kathleen, bless you! I still think I’m boring though. 🙂 You don’t have to worry about me giving up writing. I’d slit my throat if I had to be an actor. That is the most boring thing I’ve ever done in my life. Spare me the hanging. I’d hang my own self!! Those people are so fake. I’ll bet most don’t even know who their real self is. I’m content in own little world here, doing what I love. I’m very proud of my granddaughter though. Both of them. Just smart as whips.

      Hugs back, you ol’ horse thief!

  8. The book that introduced me to romance writing was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss….and I am loving these facts about romance writers…not a dull fact in the list!

    • Hi Kathryn in Montreal…..Thank you for coming. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I, too, loved Shanna and everything else by Kathleen Woodiwiss. She really influenced me and I couldn’t get enough of her stories. But, “Angel” pushed me toward the western romance genre. Before that I wrote about pirates and Gypsies. Ha! Those are still unpublished. Main reason is they stunk.

      Good luck in the drawing.

  9. Very interesting, Linda! You are not boring at all! I especially enjoyed the peek at your writing space.

    What to say about me? I taught kindergarten and first grade for 30 years. Now that I am retired, my husband and I love to travel. Our next trip is to Paris and London with our sons and their wives. Oh, and I am a “readaholic.” 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl C…….Thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. Wow, 30 years as a teacher! That’s a long time, my dear. You had to have loved it. Life is so much better when we find our passion. Paris and London? You might find me inside your suitcase. I’ve always wanted to go there.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  10. I am a shy one that loves animals, anime, and reading! 🙂 I have been enjoying learning all these little tidbits each day from you lovely ladies.

    • Hi Colleen…….I’m glad you enjoyed my post today and all the others we put up. I do say, we find the most intriguing subjects to blog about. Embrace your shyness and keep putting yourself out there. That’s what I’ve had to do.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  11. This was a great post, sister! And I can add that I had to be the voice for both of us when we were growing up because you were too shy to talk. Apparently, God knew I’d need to be willing to step out because I didn’t get the shy gene. 🙂 I loved having you for a big sister (still do) and loved the closeness we shared then and now. I remember how mad you’d get at me because my side of the room didn’t stay as neat and tidy as yours. We shared a bedroom until you left home. I felt lost when you moved away so there was nothing to do but follow you. 🙂 We’ve had lots of good times and helped each other through the bad. I love you and am proud to call you sister!

    • Hi Jan……..!!! I’m so glad you could come by. Yeah, you were my voice all right. Thank you for doing that. I’ve just never wanted to talk much. But I am better. Yeah, the bedroom thing…you were a bit of a slob back then…until I took you in hand. Now you keep a cleaner house than I do. We shared so many things and still do. A love for reading is a big one. I remember how we spent a million hours playing paper dolls. Cutting out the people and clothes and making little houses for them. Then we’d come up with complete lives for them. It’s funny that every time our paper dolls would be so rich. Maybe it’s because we were so poor.

      I’m really envious of you, you know. You have far more talent than I ever did. You can sing, play the guitar, write songs, perform on stage, plus write!!! It’s not fair. But….Mama always liked me best. So there!

  12. That’s not boring! I can imagine it would be fun people watching while owning a bowling alley. 🙂 I am very shy, too. I get horribly nervous if I have to be in front of people!

    • Hi Susan P……..Thank you so much for coming to read my post. The bowling alley was fun. The only drawback was the long hours. It cut into family time. I’m glad I’m not the only shy person here today. It seems I have a lot in common with so many others.

      Good luck in the drawing!

    • Hi Anne…..Thank you for coming. Great to have you. It’s not often I talk about myself. I just don’t feel comfortable doing it. We all have a cross to bear though, some harder than others. I’ll bet you excel in areas outside of public speaking.

      Good Luck in the drawing on Saturday!

    • Hi Ellie…..Thank you for stopping by. Great having you. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and pictures. Now you know a few things behind the author. Keep reading and enjoying life–whether you’re quiet or loud.

      Good Luck in the Drawing!

  13. I loved getting to know you better. No snores.

    I’m a professional college student. 18 semesters = bachelor’s degree. Yes, I use it. It hangs on the wall for decoration. 22 total semesters now and considering a master’s if I can ever figure out a passion to study.

    Keep writing. Love to catch up on you and Jan.

    • Hi Linda……Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. At least you HAVE a college degree. You should flaunt that diploma. You’ll find your passion of that I’m sure. It takes a bit longer for some.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing.

  14. Reading gives me hope and provides me with the best entertainment ever and has always been that way for me. You deserve accolades for your writing and talent.

    • Hi Elaina……Thanks for coming. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. I have worked awfully hard to get where I am. But I’m always learning new writing techniques and ways of turning a phrase.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  15. Enjoyed reading about you. Not boring at all. Now me – hmm- not much to tell. I enjoy reading a great deal. Thank you for post.

  16. Hi Linda!

    Loved getting to know you better here! Sounds like you had quite a wonderful time growing up with your sister and close family. I just started bowling with my grandson! We are both equally terrible at it and so very competitive with each other. It is a nice bit of “together” time and has been fun during the long cold winter. I hear you about being shy and an introvert…ARGHH!!

    • Hi Kathryn……I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Yes, my younger sister and I were best buds. We had our spats but that’s normal. We never stayed mad at each other long. Good for you bowling with your grandson! That’s great. We’ll try to work on our shyness together. I just hate it.

    • Hi Margaret…….I’m glad you enjoyed my post and glad it didn’t bore the socks off you. I just hate talking about myself. Thanks for thinking my office is tidy. I appreciate that. I hope you’re managing all right. I pray for you and your husband.

  17. Beautiful article Linda. I enjoy hearing about you. I’m a cancer survivor and a recovering alcoholic, I’ve been sober 15 1/2 years and still going strong.

    • Hi Miss Tonya Lucas………Thanks for coming over! My goodness, I never would have guessed that you’re a cancer survivor. That’s wonderful. And hurrah for you being sober so many years! You simply amaze me, lady!

      Good luck in the drawing on Saturday!

  18. I’m so proud of your accomplishments with just a high school diploma. Although, I am not one to think that college is a necessity. I honestly think that we should go back to the days when apprenticeships were vital and the best teaching tool.

    One thing about me, English was my strong suit in high school and college, but I have never used it other than commenting on blogs. haha. I do use my college major which was exercise physiology. A long way from an English.

    • Hi Terrill…….Thank you so much for coming! I’m glad you did and that you enjoyed my blog. You know, I was just lucky in several aspects. (1.) that I was an excellent student who loved English and history. (2.) that I never wanted to be a brain surgeon. I’m so glad writing chose me because it wasn’t quite as difficult without a college education. I simply learned as I went. You’re absolutely right. We do need apprenticeships in the various fields. It’s easier to learn by performing the tasks instead of learning out of books. You use your English each time you open your mouth and use the right words. I have no idea what exercise physiology is but it sounds intriguing.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  19. Linda, I loved learning more about you. I have always been shy, but had to just force myself to be more outgoing. I HATE speaking. I just don’t do it. Oddly enough, I don’t mind teaching writing classes–that’s different! LOL I despair of ever being a good bowler, either. My hubby is an excellent bowler and always has been. I enjoyed it, but was never good at it. I love your office. I don’t write in my office! LOL But I write everything longhand first, so it’s a comfy couch recliner for me.

    So glad to get to know more about you–I wasn’t snoring! I really enjoyed this!

    • Hi Cheryl…….I’m glad you enjoyed my post and that I didn’t bore you to tears. I think the reason I stunk at bowling is because my arm is too curved. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! Glad you enjoyed the peek at my office. I love it in here. It’s a calm atmosphere and often I can feel a hand on my shoulder.

  20. Hey Linda! Great facts! I do think if you spend some time in East Texas – especially Houston, you’ll get a little bit of that tropical heat that other parts of Texas don’t have. 🙂

    A fact about me? My maiden name, Short, was changed/created when my ancestors emigrated through Ellis Island. The workers couldn’t spell the original German name and didn’t want to try very hard. The brothers I’m descended from didn’t want to argue, they just wanted to start their new lives.

    • Hi Glenda…….!! Thanks for coming. Wow, that’s interesting about your maiden name! I’m sure a lot of names got changed and not because the people wanted it. People back then working at Ellis Island probably didn’t have much education and spelled things as they wanted to. Yeah, I know a little about East Texas heat. My mom lived in East Texas until she passed and I remember how I used to burn up when I visited. My brother still lives in Houston and that’s tough for me down there. But I still think the tropical heat was worse. It cooked me.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing, dear friend!

  21. I’m with you on being a shy one Linda! Especially in big crowds of people I don’t know, and I’ve never liked talking in front of a group of people. Had to do that in Junior High for one of my classes (and being recorded too), what a nightmare! We had to watch each of the students video they made…my face was probably beet red throughout my video. Guess acting is out for me…haha!

    I surely enjoyed this post today, I chuckled at a few parts because I can see myself in that too! Thanks for sharing & the giveaway 🙂

    • Hi Trixi…….Thanks so much for coming. I love having you. Oh yeah, those times when I had to talk in front of a class or read something aloud….I wanted to die. I hated that with a passion! I’m sure my face must’ve been a horrible red. I felt like I was burning up and I could barely get any words out. Glad my post made you chuckle.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing on Saturday!!

  22. Well Linda I was very shy in school, but I am not as bad anymore. I still don’t like to get up in front of a crowd and want. I had one brother and two sisters. My brother passed away several years ago but my two sisters still live with in 40 miles from me. One sister is five years older then me and the other one is ten years younger then me. My brother was between me and older sister. I enjoy taking walks and I use to sew a lot but not so much now. I really need to get back into that.

    • Hi Quilt Lady……..It sounds like you were and still are a close family. I wish I had sisters who lived nearby. But they’re all scattered far and wide. I would love to just pop over anytime I wanted. Yes, you need to get back to sewing or you’ll have to change your name! Ha!

  23. Thanks for sharing! I also have enjoyed many of Johanna Lindsey’s books. Loved the whole Mallory series. My first romance book was LaVryle Spencer’s book FORGIVING, a western historical romance with a woman who takes over her dad’s newspaper business and a lawman hero.

    I took a Speech class in HS to try to get over my fear of speaking in front of people. I survived the class but still hate talking in front of people. I break out in a sweat. Not a pretty picture!

    • Hi Laurie………Oh my goodness yes, I loved JL’s Mallory series! Let me say that I devoured each one when it came out. Such strong sexy men! And I, too, read LaVryle Spencer’s FORGIVING. Romance at it’s finest. The woman in that story went searching for her sister who worked in a brothel. Such a touching moment when she forgave her.

      Absolutely not a pretty picture when that fear of crowds takes over! Good luck in the drawing.

  24. Nobody can be boring and write such great books. Nobody can be boring and wear hot pink. Nobody can be boring and come up with such alternative careers. Nobody can be boring and still be married. I was shy and only had one or two friends during school. I finally came out of my shell when I met my husband. (we’ve been married almost 54 years). Be proud of what you have achieved and always smile. Nobody knows what you are thinking behind a smile.

    • Hi Whitney……Thanks for the pep talk! I am truly proud of what I’ve achieved and my accomplishments. I’ve done things others only dream of. Yep, a smile always works wonders. Thank you for coming.

  25. I’ve been married for 46 years and we waited 15 to start our family. I’ve also worked with ferals/strays for over 25 years!

  26. Hi Linda – Thanks for the post about your life. I know that you are a awesome writer & you have a lot of comments to prove that. I have been married for 47 years & have lots of grandchildren & now great grandchildren. I have always wanted to feel loved & so I am…now with lots of special people in my life. Hope, all of us live for a long long time to enjoy all that life has to offer. Thanks, for the chance to win one of your books.

  27. Definitely understand the shyness. I always think about “what I should have said” about 2 hours later. When younger, I always wanted to write a book. About 20 years ago I started one (probably 10 pages), & went blank. Guess that is why I have been in home child care for 35 years instead of a writer. Now I just love to read them.

  28. I have thoroughly enjoyed your books. I am looking forward to your Men of Legend.
    I was in the Peace Corps for 3 years and was assigned in the Philippines. I love traveling and we take every opportunity we can to get out and explore. We have been to Texas twice, but there is so much more to explore, we will have to go back another time or 2.
    Education is important but even more important is character. It sounds like your family has had lots of that.

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