Just in time for the holidays, Linda has written a children’s book: The Front Porch Pumpkin Saves Christmas. It would be a welcome addition to any family’s Halloween AND Christmas book library! You can currently buy it on Amazon.com. So if you get a copy, I‘ll see what I can do to get you an autograph! Below is an article on Linda that appeared in the South Bend Tribune this week. Congrats to Linda and her family!
Mishawaka woman’s family helps her with illustrations for children’s book
By Kathy Borlik December 2nd, 2018
Now is the perfect time to find the missing link between Halloween and Christmas. The link is a much-loved pumpkin sitting on Grandma’s porch. So, by Christmastime, it is a bit squishy and in need of attention. But don’t sell it short. It can do a lot. Magic can happen.
“The Front Porch Pumpkin Saves Christmas” is the recently published children’s book by Linda DeCicco, of Mishawaka. The book is available on Amazon and was published through Amazon’s Createspace site.
The charming book features artwork from Linda’s seven grandchildren, Satchel, Benjamin, Lila, Beckett, Harper, Luke and Hunter. She calls them the Magnificent Seven. More artwork comes from Linda, her daughters and her father.
Linda is a retired teacher and journalist. She taught 17 years at Riley and Adams high schools. Before that, she worked 17 years at the Tribune as a writer, editor and copy editor. She retired from Adams in 2015.
Linda’s dad was Mike DeCicco, the esteemed fencing coach at Notre Dame. He had five national championships and many other titles in his nearly 40 years of coaching. Linda grew up here and graduated from Marian High School and IU Bloomington. She married and had kids.
She said she has always had the writing bug. She rises early every morning to write before she gets on with the rest of the day. She compared it to doing the dishes every day or cleaning house. It is part of the daily routine. “My sister says when I get depressed, she knows I didn’t write that day,” Linda said.
But, she cautioned, she hasn’t sacrificed everything to write. “I had family and a job.”
Linda won a Lilly Endowment grant to research her first novel, “The Fig and the Flower.” That turned into a trilogy. Her poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines. She also wrote a history of Notre Dame’s Sophomore Literary Festival.
As for the pumpkin tale, “I wrote it a few years ago. I played with it and the grandchildren loved it,” she said.
“I wanted the grandchildren to have a copy of the story. I also wanted my dad to do the illustrations, but his health started to decline. (He died in 2013),” she said. Linda took a little time and found a way to create the book without finding an agent or publisher.
She found the Amazon site, worked with the program and got each grandchild to do an illustration, even Hunter, age 2.
The lessons in the story are about hope, magic and cooperation, she said. Maybe a lot of magic.
Here is the link to the article: