AboutAllen and Linda Anderson
Allen and Linda Anderson are
best-selling authors, writing instructors, and inspirational speakers. They
established Writing on the Run to help people find time and space for writing.
The Writer’s Digest E-Newsletter recommends the Andersons’ Web site
(www.writingontherun.com). In 1996, the Andersons founded the Angel Animals
Network to raise awareness of the life enrichment and health benefits people
receive from their relationships animals (www.angelanimals.net).
2006 Writer’s Market will publish the Andersons’ article on finding time
and space to write. The Andersons offer Writing on the Run presentations for
organizations, events, and meetings for people from all walks of life who write
for pleasure or publication. They were each awarded a 2004 Certificate of
Commendation from Governor Tim Pawlenty in recognition of their contributions
as authors enhancing the State of Minnesota.
and Linda Anderson publish two online newsletters, which reach over 20,000
readers in 50 states and 42 countries. They write newspaper and magazine
columns and articles and sponsor writing contests at their Web sites.
positive reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Country Living, Cat
Fancy, Best Friends, plus dozens of other national publications, the
Andersons’ books have been listed in Amazon.com Hot 100 and Barnes &
Noble’s Top 10, What America Is Reading. Celebrities Tippi Hedren, Valerie
Harper, Brian McRay, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Betty White, Dr. Larry Dossey, Penelope
Smith, and Richard Simmons are a few who have endorsed or contributed stories
to the books. The Andersons’ work has been featured twice on NBC’s The Today
Show and on ABC’s Peter Jennings Nightly News. The Andersons have
been the subject of numerous national magazine and wire service articles and
were interviewed for London newspapers and the BBC.
Andersons’ co-authored Angel Animals:
Exploring Our Spiritual Connection with Animals, Dutton-Plume, 1999 (also published and
translated into Japanese), and books published by New World Library:
Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort (2004), and God’s Messengers:
What Animals Teach Us about the Divine (2003), Angel Dogs: Divine
Messengers of Love (Fall 2005), Rainbows & Bridges: The Animal
Companion Memorial Kit (Fall 2005), Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of
Hope (Fall 2006), Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster (Fall
2006), Angel Animals: Divine Messengers of Miracles(Fall 2007), Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals (Summer 2008), and Angel Dogs with a Mission (Fall 2008). New books include Dogs and the Women Who Love Them (Fall 2010) and Animals and the Kids Who Love Them (Fall 2011). Linda
Anderson is the author of 35 Golden Keys to Who You Are & Why You’re
Here, also published in German. Allen and Linda have written other books in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Visit www.angelanimals.net for more details.
partial list of magazines, journals, newspapers, and e-zines that have
published the Anderson’s articles are Arizona Republic, Wilmington
News-Journal, Journal of Reading, Awareness Magazine, The Edge, Wellness,
Aquarius, Angel Animals Newsletter, Writing on the Run Tip of the Week, 2006
Writer’s Market, Animal Press, New Frontier Magazine, E. D. Herb, Turtle River
Press, Common Ground, The Animal Times, Twin Cities Wellness Magazine, Lajoie
Journal, Amenities, Georgia Journal, Conscious Women – Conscious Lives, Courage
to Give, Catalyst, The Unknowns, Wellspring, Eck Writer’s Update, and The
Wellington Journal. To view clips by Allen and Linda Anderson click CLIPS.
Allen Anderson earned a B.S.
degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Georgia and has years of
experience in print and broadcast journalism, writing, and photography. For
seven years, he worked as a public relations and training specialist for a
computer software company. Allen Anderson is profiled in Jackie
Waldman’s, The Courage to Give, a book that was featured on a 1999 Oprah
Anderson has B.S. and M.S. degrees in education from St. Cloud State University
in Minnesota where she graduated summa cum laude. She received national awards
for her plays and was the recipient of an Artist’s Grant from the Georgia
Council for the Arts. In 2002, the Loft Literary Center awarded her with its
Anderson Residency for Outstanding Teachers. She was the Newspaper in Education
Coordinator for the Georgia Press Association and the publicist and seminar
manager for an international nonprofit organization. She worked in
collaboration with a nationally recognized publicist, specializing in writing
books and proposals that have best-selling potential. Click Cameo
and Samanath to view details
about Linda's plays.
Andersons are writing instructors at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
They have facilitated writing workshops across the United States and Canada as well
as in Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia,
New Zealand, Singapore, and West Africa.
Allen and Linda are members of the
American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA). They are also
members of the Minnesota Screenwriters’ Workshop and the National Writers’
Union. They offer book-coaching services to people who want help in
accomplishing writing goals.
From Allen & Linda Anderson about Their Newest
Project – Writing on the Run™
If you’re like us, you
have to work writing into a busy schedule and a full household.
When our children were
young, Allen worked the “graveyard” shift as a police officer. Linda spent her
afternoons and evenings working as the literary manager for a regional theater.
In addition to chauffeuring our children and pets to various appointments and
trying to have quality family time, we wrote in the early morning and late
After our children were
teenagers, we both worked full-time jobs. For Linda, this meant writing from
4:00-6:00 in the morning and then helping to get herself and her family ready
for work and school. Allen did most of his writing on the weekends and before
work, when he wrote in his journal. Between job tasks, he jotted down ideas on
notebooks that he carried with him in his car.
Later in our marriage,
in 1996, we formed ourselves into a writing team and began to write, publish,
and promote our first Website, printed newsletter, book proposal, and book. As
a team, we had to become even more proficient at Writing on the Run™.
Allen took a job as a
computer software trainer. It required 90 percent travel. He became skilled at
writing in airports, on planes, and in motel rooms. As publishers of
newsletters and authors of anthologies, we had to find shortcuts for gathering
and editing stories, researching, and working with contributing authors. E-mail
became our friend.
For us, Writing on the
Run™ also entailed a two-year period between books when Linda was diagnosed
with breast cancer. Allen (plus a great group of friends and the Jane Brattain
Breast Center in Minneapolis) shepherded her through four major surgeries in a
twelve-month period. With hospital bills and medical expenses becoming
outrageous, we HAD TO continue finding publishers for our book ideas.
This meant that the
proposal for our next book in the series had to be completed and out the door to
prospective literary agents. We sent it by Federal Express on the morning of
Linda’s second surgery and drove to the hospital right afterwards.This was
primo writing on the run.
We are uniquely
qualified and eager to show working and prospective writers how to creatively
find time and space for writing through:
Sickness and health challenges,
Lean financial times,
Less than ideal circumstances.