Linda Mansfield is a member of the Indiana Writers Center and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
She's also a member of the Eastern Motorsports Press Association (EMPA). She has won several writing awards from EMPA and also from the American Auto Racing Writers, Broadcasters Association (AARWBA)
I can't count the number of press releases and newspaper and magazine articles I've written. Some of them have been in general-interest consumer publications such as "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," and "USA Today."
Most of them are about auto racing. I have my own PR firm, Restart Communications. You can find out all about it at RestartCommunications.com. That's me in the photo, with Didier Theys on the grid before the start of a European Le Mans Series race in Silverstone, England. And yes, I'm wearing a Justin Henderson sprint car hoodie. Two of my teams have been the overall winners of the Rolex 24 at Daytona; I've represented quite a few IndyCar drivers, and many more sports car and open-wheel drivers.
I've edited numerous newspapers and magazines during my career, and my work is regularly featured in "Speed Sport" magazine. I was the first woman editorial staff member of its predecessor, "National Speed Sport News," so I have first-hand knowledge about paving new paths for women. At one point I also worked on the copy desk at Lebhar-Friedman Publications in Manhattan.
I am a graduate of the same Pennsylvania college as author Dean Koontz, Shippensburg University. I was raised in that same small college town. Although it has many wonderful residents, some of whom are life-long friends, it is also home to an inordinate number of rednecks who falsely believe their stupidity is somehow endearing. It is only thanks to my parents, my teachers and librarians, and an optometrist who fitted me for bifocals in the second grade when my family lived in Mechanicsburg, Pa., that I became literate and learned to love reading. My favorite book of all time is Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty," and I was a horse owner for more than 30 years.
I've edited six books for other authors:
* "Inside Racing Technology: Discussions of Racing Technical Topics" by Paul Haney and Jeff Braun;
* "Inside Racing: A Season with the PacWest CART Indy Car Team" by Paul Haney;
* "The Racing and High-Performance Tire" by Paul Haney;
* "The Silent Shadow" by Travis Braun;
* "The Real Suspect" by Travis Braun; and
* "What's Next?" by Tom Savage.
This website is all about my own books, however! My current work-in-progress is a middle-grade novel called "Emma and the Reindeer." I'm using the pen name "Emma Gallagher" for it.
Thank you very much for your interest and support!
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(also uses pen name Emma Gallagher)
Books for people who like to read, but just don't have time.