Sandra Miller Linhart was born and raised in the somewhat isolated, but nonetheless beautiful, mountainous town of Lander, Wyoming. Here she was able to cultivate her love of reading, due in no small part to the fact the nearest decent record store was a good two hour drive away, and the one local radio station played only country and classic music.
Were it not for this, Ms. Linhart might today be a rock star, or, at the very least, have better taste in music. As it turned out, however, there was a well-stocked and constantly updated library much closer and much less expensive than the local movie theatre. Thus, the young Ms. Linhart often found herself taking much longer journeys into the wonderful worlds created by authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Judy Blume, Madeleine L'Engle, Stephen King and, of course, Erma Bombeck in the dusty basement which was the children's section of the Fremont County Public Library.
Growing up in poverty, Ms. Linhart's escape from her stark reality came at no cost to her on printed invitations neatly tucked between the beaten covers gathering dust on the library bookshelf, yearning for attention. Not content to simply travel to these exotic places created by the wordsmiths she admired, Ms. Linhart soon knew she wanted to craft her own destinations for others to enjoy. She applied herself wholeheartedly in her studies, knowing diligence and discipline would avail her in the pursuit of her goal of becoming a successful author.