Chilly Willy the Hoodie Wearing Bully
Linda (Pennington) Black is a native Arkansan who grew up in the Arkadelphia community of Curtis. She is a public speaker and an award winning author and poet. Linda attended Curtis Industrial #64 through the sixth grade until the closing of the school. From there she entered Peake High School in Arkadelphia and graduated from John Marshall Harlan High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1967. With her move to Lansing, Michigan she became gainfully employed with the General Motors Corporation for over thirty years. During her stay in Michigan she chose Lansing Community College as her school for higher learning, where she attained an AA degree. She later joined the University of Phoenix to further studies in psychology and criminal justice.
At the tender age of 10, she wrote her first song. It was promptly sent off to Nashville to be set to music and even though it was not published, Linda never lost sight of her love for writing.
She has a published poem in the anthology, Sistahs With Ink Voices and one in the white house, The Dream/The Victory, written for President Obama on his first inauguration; the author of The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball (an award winner), A Porpoise For Cara, S.T.O.P. Bullying, My Daddy is a Star, recently published, A Legend Among Us: The Story of William "Youngblood" McCrary and the new release of Chilly Willy the Hoodie Wearing Bully.
Linda resides in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas with husband Richard and is a member of the Hot Springs Village Writer's Club and the Arkansas Pioneer Branch of the NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women). Linda also plays a key role in the planning and organization of The Arkansas Writer's Conference held in June each year.
She continues to write and still considers children to be her purest inspiration.
This Erma Bombeck quote inspires Linda to give all she has in crafting her books,
"When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, I used everything you gave me."