This story was the Founder's Choice at the Equus Film Fest in 2017. Her latest release Embrace of the Wild, inspired by the life of equestrian explorer Isabella Bird, takes you to the life-affirming Hawaiian Islands and on to the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. The "Year of the Virus" was a golden opportunity for Linda to write the story of this incredible woman who broke through social and physical barriers to become the best-loved travel writer of her time. (1831-1904). Linda identified strongly with this woman who became the best-loved travel writer of her day and determined to share her story.

In research for her first novel, Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i, Linda used Miss Bird's book Six Months in the Sandwich Islands (1873) for vivid details of the Hawaiian Islands. Wai-nani is inspired by the life of Ka'ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great. It is a poetic rendering of the people of old.

Linda resides in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. She loves exploring the California coast and shares her favorite day trips in her guidebook Lost Angel in Paradise.

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Nothing pleases adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou, more than seeing gorgeous country from the back of a good horse. Her articles have appeared in Equus, Horse Illustrated, California Riding Mag-azine, and numerous travel publications. Lost Angel Walk-about is a collection of travel essays about her most mean-ingful adventures. Her Young-Adult novel The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon takes you from the Grand Prix jumping circuit to the high Sierras.