Linda Maria Salerno was born in Queens New York and moved at age five to Smithtown Long Island New York. Here she became an animal rights activist since fourth grade joining The American Horse Protection Association, gave up eating flesh at the age of fourteen, then worked on her art and writing. Fairness to the environment has always been a very important subject to her along with reading on the sciences and psychological aspects of how to make a better world. She did extensive travel in the states having several businesses but that was not enough for her goals in life. She needed to see the world, and the world was there just waiting for her to explore. Seeing everything from castles and palaces in Europe and Asia to the slums of Egypt and India, countless hours in museums like the Hermitage in Russia and the Vatican Museum in Rome all influenced her art and writing and she started giving back to the poor countries she visited. She purchased a house in Smithville Texas that is older than the town itself and became a home improvement girl adding her worldly knowledge to her home with murals of Indian art in her kitchen and life size murals of Egyptian Gods in her living room, adding tons of stone work to a courtyard wall with niches and steps leading up to the mail box. Volunteered at many organizations in Smithville and at the age of 40 discovered she had multiple personality disorder along with a host of other mental and physical illnesses. This did not set her visions to the side being a hopeless optimist. She only dug in deeper wanting to make a difference for the innocent animals and wildlife, so she wrote her first book on a local endangered species, and is working on the illustrations for her second one, an autobiography in a comic book.