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About Linda S. Mai

Linda Mai, smiling, holding stapled sheets of paper, blue curtains in background, green woods outside

- Linda S. Mai, Author -

Blue owl with glasses and open brown book

After joining SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), I decided if getting a book published was something I wanted to accomplish, I needed to get serious. From that point on I made every effort to attend all the local SCBWI conferences and events, as well as several other conferences in my area. I was like a sponge learning all I could about writing and the publishing business. I'm currently active in several critique groups, including an on-line rhyming group.  I’m grateful for my critique partners who help me revise my manuscripts. They often see things I could say better and/or things I should leave out. My writing friends are always there for me, encouraging me on my writing journey.


I'm pleased to be working with an awesome agent, Amy Brewer, with Metamorphosis Literary Agency. She's a strong advocate and her work on my behalf is appreciated! I stay busy thinking of new ideas, revising my manuscripts  (lots of revising), and reading children's books. What could be more fun?

Linda in Motocross helment with husband, green trees in background
Linda surrounded by plastic climbing playground, green jacket, black slacks
Linda's backyard pond with gazebo, green trees

Books I Recommend 

Picture Books

  • Cowboy Camp by Tammi Saur

  • Diva Delores by Laura Sassi

  • A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson

  • Sparky and Spike by Barbara Lowell

  • Tiny Stitches by Gwendolyn Hooks

Chapter Books

  • Camp Not Allowed by KJ Williams

  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo


Middle Grade

  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

  • Marcello in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  • Midnight on Strange Street by K.E. Ormsbee

  • Keepers of the Secret Code by KJ Williams & Teresa R. Kemp

Woodent bookshelves with 50-100 picture books


There have been challenges over the past several years  with the Covid pandemic shutting so many things down.


However, things are opening up and it is good to be with my writing friends again at workshops, meeting and conferences. There are still some zoom/skype meetings and I'm grateful for the technology that helps us during difficult times.

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