Linda J Bettenay - Biography

Violet and Linda BettenayLinda J Bettenay and young VioletThese books are written by Linda J Bettenay, who is writing this tale under her birth name.

Linda was born in Roleystone, into a pioneering orcharding family who have farmed the land since 1901 and have lived in the area since 1895.

Linda is 59 years old and her current occupation is owner and editor of a community magazine, The Roleystone Courier. This monthly publication has existed in Roleystone for 37 years and, along with her husband Mike, has owned and operated this business since January 2008. This is a labour of love, providing a much loved and important method of communication to this delightful rural community.

Prior to this, Linda was in education and spent over 30 years as a teacher and more recently as a Principal, in schools across regional Western Australia.

Linda and Mike have two sons, Joseph and Brett, two daughters-in-law Beth and Bec and three very cherished grandchildren Leigh, Violet and Mirabelle.

Linda's stimulus to write her first novel has come from the discovery of an amazing, true story of an event in her husband's family. This story was kept secret from the family over the years and was only recently uncovered.
'Secrets Mothers Keep' and 'Wishes For Starlight' are the first two books in the 'Secrets Series', fictionalised stories based in the rich history of Western Australia.