TSD Q&A: A Local Author's 'Miracle Lady'

nonameLocal fundraiser and yoga instructor Linda Hall joins the ranks of hundreds of authors who have shared their personal journeys through the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. The newest book in the installment, “Miraculous Messages from Heaven,” features both religious and secular stories from beyond, including Linda’s mother’s amazing experience.

Town Square Delaware: What inspired you to share your story?

Linda Hall: I was inspired to write, “The Miracle Lady” to tell the story of my mother’s near-death experience. At the age of 79, Mom nearly died during surgery to repair a brain aneurysm. She returned to life and described an astonishing encounter with her deceased mother (my grandmother). Because of what happened, she was convinced that there is no such thing as death, and that no one should be afraid of dying. The doctors called her “The Miracle Lady.” Mom returned to her home in Avalon, NJ, transformed by the experience. She passed away peacefully five years later. I actually felt her spirit as she made the transition.

TSD: How did you connect with the Chicken Soup folks?

LH: My friend, Joan Leof, is a local author and journaling workshop leader. She was impressed by “The Miracle Lady” and urged me to contact the publishers of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. I submitted my story for their upcoming book, and I was delighted to learn a few weeks later that the story had been accepted by the editors.

TSD: Now that you’re a published author, what’s next for you? 

LH: I’m a member of Pen Women, Diamond State Branch, and my works have been published nationally. I’ve just submitted another story to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life.” It’s called “Who Wants Susan?” and is an account of my life-changing experience at the age of 21. Following the death of my beloved father and a breakup with a boyfriend, I went to England as one of two Americans at a World Council of Churches “work camp” in East London. Our mission was to care for emotionally challenged children and paint the inside of a church. Susan was the troubled little girl I chose to help. That summer in the slums of London changed my life.

The author and her mother, Avalon, 1940s

The author and her mother, Avalon, 1940s

I’m also working on a story called “Holly House.” My parents discovered and fixed up an abandoned bungalow in Avalon, and we had many happy summers there. After the deaths of my parents and sister, I created my own way to say  goodbye to my beloved childhood home, and found a new home in Wilmington with Avalon connections – through guidance from my deceased parents.

Copies of “Miraculous Messages from Heaven” are available at Amazon and through local retailers who carry the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

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  • Thanks so much for publicizing my story “The Miracle Lady” in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven” — the book will be published tomorrow (October 15) by Simon and Shuster. It’s an exciting time for me. I look forward to reading the other contributors’ stories — there are 101 stories in the book!

  • Congratulations, Linda. I’m sure there are still more stories to be written and enjoyed. Can’t wait to read them.

  • I am so proud of you for following your dream as a writer. What a wonderful gift to see your name in print in a book that we will all enjoy. All my best wishes to you.

  • Linda, I’m so proud to know such a wonderful and talented person. There are an endless supply of stories yet to be told and I can’t wait to read and enjoy them. You are a joy! Congratulations!