About Rosalinda


At a fundraising event of the Oyster Bay Historical Society


About Rosalinda


“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.

I love historical novels and family sagas and write in the same genre. Check Goodreads for my favorite books –https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/19235463.

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. 

Oyster Bay View


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.

 Whitney Lake Fog View


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

Author & Garden Writer



8 thoughts on “About Rosalinda

  1. Romnick O. Acena

    Hello, I’m currently writing a paper on BAHALA NA – “Authenticity in ‘bahala na’ concept of Filipinos). Can you please, ma’am, help me.


  2. I used “Bahala Na” for the title of my first book which was based on my father’s life. He mentioned it a few times in my book and my husband thought it was a good title. Aside from those, I really don’t use the term. I left the Philippines just over 50 years ago and have only been home four times. Where I have lived in the states, there are not many Filipinos so I really haven’t used that term as often as most Filipinos do.


  3. Lauren

    Hello, I was really curious about what you said about living on the two largest islands in the U.S. for some reason, so I looked it up. Long Island, NY, is indeed the largest island in the *contiguous* United States, but there are 8 larger Alaskan islands, plus Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Johns Island, SC, is wayyy further down the list. Here’s the Wikipedia link if you’re interested. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_of_the_United_States_by_area)
    I’m not trying to be rude, but thought I would let you know. I too love islands and roses and enjoyed reading this. Have a good day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No need to apologize. I was even surprised when I found out Long Island is the largest island in the contiguous United States. When I moved here in 2011 and registered for my driver’s license, I was told when I mentioned that I was from Long Island, this man next to me said Johns Island was the second biggest island and I checked it out and sure enough, it said so. I have no idea where Wikipedia got their info but I can be wrong or Wikipedia can be wrong too. I found out that not all their data are correct so most of the time, I researched at various venues. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for the comment.


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