Linda Parkinson-HardmanSince early 2012 this site has been chronicling my writing, my attempts to help other authors get their books into the hands of the reading public and how I storm castles for a living. Since September 2019 it has also become the home of the information from my – now dead – social enterprise, the Hysterectomy Association; and it also houses everything to do with the Hysteria Writing Competition.

The Hysterectomy Association was a social enterprise providing impartial, timely and appropriate hysterectomy, menopause and women’s health information and support to women facing or who have had, hysterectomy. I founded it back in 1997 and finally made the decision to close it and move on with my life in September 2019, when the information was moved to this site. It’s aim was to address the biggest concern the majority of women had, which was the lack of information to help them make an informed decision and I hope that will still be case going forward. My interest in women’s health hasn’t diminished, it’s broadened and this is a better place for me to share my opinions and thoughts about the medicalised world we live in.

So, who am I?

That’s an interesting question and one I’ve spent a life-time trying to answer for myself. At one point I felt rather disconnected as I had five websites, three social media profiles and one very confused life.

I am a seeker after truth, but recognise that truth rarely exists – except in novels and the media.

I am a walker who enjoys the gentle tramp of feet in the country with my dog Belle and husband, Steve.

I read, I think, I get it wrong!

I’m an IT consultant specialising in adoption and engagement – that’s the art of persuading people to use new software and systems by influence rather than the Genghis Kahn methodology.

And this is the place I’ll bring the various sides of myself together into one (probably not) seamless whole – I find myself smiling gently as I write this as I know it’s very unlikely.

I love a cup of tea and will happily spend time sharing time with friends in our local cafe – Bellenies Bakehouse in Abbotsbury.


21 Thoughts on “About Linda

  1. Hello,

    I found your blog via Book Blogger list and I was looking for reviews. I published a short (12 pages) children’s picture ebook a couple of days ago and it is looking quite lonesome without any great reviews.

    Tomorrow, November 22, it will be free and can be found here

    I would love for you to grab it and see what you think. It is called Doggie Went A-Courtin’ and is an adaptation of the traditional song, Froggie Went A-Courtin’.

    An adaptation of a traditional song, Doggie begins to court Miss Kitty. After she consents to marriage, the wedding begins with a host of colorful guests attending. Fun ensues, until one uninvited guest, a rattlesnake, arrives. Will his presence ruin the fun or add to it?

    I wrote this little story back in 2009 and it won 4th place in a little competition which gave me the courage to try to get it published. However, I had no luck with traditional publishers and so when Kindle put out their kdpkids publishing format this year, I hired an illustrator and decided to give it a go.

    I know you’re busy, and I appreciate your consideration. Thanks so much!

    Angel Wheeler

  2. You’re welcome Linda – thank you for responding, very kind of you and hopefully my post will get more people to follow your excellent blog. Have a great day. David

  3. Wow, why thank you very much David – I’m honoured and really pleased that you liked the blog enough to nominate it. I shall go and check out the award on your page and sort myself out later today πŸ™‚

  4. Hi there Linda.

    I just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is fabulous – so much useful information crammed into a terrific blog. This has inspired me to nominate you for an award that I myself have also been nominated for (The REALITY Blog Award). I have provided the link below, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the work that you put into your blog and what it means to other writers. You may wish to follow some of the other people that I have nominated, here is the link:-

    Well done for making it into my shortlist – you truly deserve it.

    Have a great day.


  5. That sounds fantastic Nikki and when it is finished I’d love to host you here on the blog in my Thursday Throng, it seems that the travel genre is picking up all sorts of interest too and your perspective is nicely different πŸ™‚ I’ve popped over to your FB page and liked you so I can keep up there as well. Thank you for the compliment as well – I’m glad you’ve found the information so useful as well, I shall carry on trying to give more πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Linda,

    I writing a book with my husband it’s called “I woof Therefore I Am” (working title) – It’s A wooftastic ‘tail’ about a loveable ex-pat pooch living in Tenerife. The book is from a dog’s point of view, about settling down in a new country, coping with the cultural differences, and learning the language (although woof-speak is universal, mas o menos, there are still some differences which need to be understood, otherwise a dog can have muchos problemas with his furry Latin amigos).

    The ex-pat / travel genre has been popularised by some very successful books, but until now man’s-best-friends’ take on it has been little explored. We’re familiar with “Walking over Lemons”, but there hasn’t been a “Bouncing over Bones”. Most of Tenerife’s ex-pat Brits know and love Joe Cawley’s “More Ketchup than Salsa”, but we’ve all been waiting for “More Saliva than Salsa”.

    “I Woof Therefore I Am ” is more than an ex-pat diary though. It is a gripping story, with a plot that is the mutt’s nutts, and some wonderful illustrations. Full of twists and turns, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Quite simply it’s the dog’s danglies of a book.

    If you would like to read an extract from the book

    We haven’t finished it yet and this is the first time I have written a book. So when I came across your site it was great to see lots of useful information in one place,
    Thanks and all the best
    Nikki, Richard and Snr Gizmo

  7. Hi Linda, I found out about your site on Goodreads.

    I have a Christian, historical romance “The Unwilling Bride” and a cozy, mystery novella “Death By Broken Heart.”

    If you are interested in reviewing either or both of these books I will send you more info and the links.

    I also have a Christian, contemporary romance “Unforgiving Ghosts” coming out in August.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    God Bless!!

  8. Hi Manhardeep. I’m always interested in new authors and I’d be happy to have a look could you send over kindle versions of the books or do you prefer to send out physical copies?

  9. Hello Dribbling Pensioner and now I must off to your blog to find out more and if my assumptions were correct … πŸ˜‰

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