The Short One:
Linda Leigh Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her writings include two novels: The Making of Isaac Hunt (June 2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (September 2008). The former environmental engineer currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and three sons where she designs Web sites when she’s not writing. She blogs at 17seeds.org and UrbanFaith.com.
The Long One
Linda Leigh Hargrove is a native of the Blacklands of North Carolina, a farm-rich portion of the northeastern corner of the state. Linda uses her southern roots as a springboard for many of her writings. She enjoys writing essays and fiction that include the personality of the state she loves.
Never one to let words like “underprivileged black girl” define her, young Linda read constantly. That is, when she wasn’t exploring the backwoods of Creswell, North Carolina with her two older sisters, lots of cousins, and a plenty other animals. Creswell, dubbed a quaint farming village in the lower Dismal swamp, made her into a lover of words and color. One of many creative Leigh women, Linda also knits, crochets, and paints.
After graduating from North Carolina State University with a Masters in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, she worked for over four years as an environmental engineer for the State of North Carolina. That position gave her the chance to experience the character, humor, and bigness of the nation, but especially that of her favorite state.
Linda co-led racial reconciliation discussion groups in Raleigh, NC through Building Together Ministries (BTM) from 1992 to 2002. For a portion of that time, she facilitated a round table on biblical racial reconciliation at Providence Baptist Church’s Whole Woman Day Conference. She’s served on BTM’s racial reconciliation advisory committee and has attended a number of racial reconciliation conferences offered through BTM and the Christian Community Development Association, a national organization founded by international speaker and teacher on racial reconciliation, Dr. John Perkins.
In speaking and writing, it is Linda’s objective for Christians to see examples of how to respond to prejudice and racism in a more biblical and concerted fashion, and with such power that the world may know Christ and His forgiveness. Linda writes out of a desire to breathe life into abstract racial reconciliation principles, put skin on them and test them in the real world of Christian fiction.
Her fiction blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her published writings include two novels: The Making of Isaac Hunt (June 2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (September 2008). In her spare time, she is a operates a Web and print design company. Linda currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and three sons. She blogs at 17seeds.org and UrbanFaith.com about her three favorite topics—biblical racial reconciliation, adoption, and fiction.