“What’s in a name?
That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
By William Shakespeare
My name is Rosalinda meaning “Beautiful Rose”. My maiden name is Rosales meaning “of relating to a rose”. Is it a surprise that I love roses? I am a writer who is also passionate about roses. My love of the written words started when I was in high school and my passion for gardening especially roses started a year after I got married in 1970. Yes, I’m still married to the same man. I deserve a gold medal, don’t you think?
As an author, I’m a late bloomer and I’m catching up on lost times at a fast pace. My father needed an accountant in the family and so I studied accounting. I always wanted to write but my professional career got in the way. I was a CPA for 32 years, then a New York real estate broker for 11 years. I also have a Certificate on Art and Antique Appraisal.
I was born and raised in the Philippines which is the setting of my two historical novels:
1. Bahala Na (Come What May), A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival –released in March 2013
2. The Iron Butterfly – released in June 2015
I lived on the North Shore of Long Island in New York for 40 years which is the setting of my latest historical novel, The Wentworth Legacy. My next novel, a crime fiction is also set on the North Shore of Long Island. Stay tuned.
Besides reading and writing about historical fiction, I love gardening. The rose is my favorite flower and I write extensively about them. I just published a non-fiction: “Stop and Smell the Roses”, a rose gardening book and a motivational book. I am an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, an accredited rose authority. If you like roses or want to grow roses, check these websites: www.rosegardeningworld.com and www.rosegardeningworld.wordpress.com. I also started a Facebook group called Rose Gardening World and it has attracted thousands of active members posting rose pictures and rose culture daily. Check it out.
Being a rose grower, I served as President of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society and the Long Island Rose Society and was editor of their newsletters, The Charleston Rose and Long Island Rosarian respectively. I was also the editor of Manhattan Rose Society’s newsletter, Skyscrapers and Roses, a columnist for Southampton Rose Society, Dune Rose and New York District’s newsletter, The Empire Rosarian and is the current editor of the Carolina District’s newsletter, Carolina Rosarian.
I moved to New York in 1967 and lived in Manhattan for 4 years, then moved to Oyster Bay in Long Island in 1971.
This is Oyster Bay in Long Island which is the biggest island in the United States.
Then in 2011, I retired to Johns Island in Charleston, SC. Below is Whitney Lake where I live in Johns Island which is the second largest island in the United States, next to Long Island. This is the view from my front window when we moved in 2011.
I love classical music, antiques and books of course! My home is filled to the brim with them.
One last thing, I love dogs. I take care of my son’s dog, Skipper, a Swedish Lapphund, when my son is at work.
Hope to see you again soon. Check back often for new updates.
Thank you and enjoy the site.
Rosalinda R Morgan