Linda Kass was born in Columbus, Ohio to Eastern European immigrant parents. Her debut novel, TASA’S SONG, was inspired by her mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. The book was awarded a Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction from the Independent Publisher Award Program. And Booklist said this of the novel: “Across decades and continents, Tasa follows a song of hope that is uplifting even in the face of great adversity, proving that an indomitable spirit can transcend the greatest hardships. Kass depicts a heartbreaking time with great sensitivity and detail in this beautifully rendered historical drama.” Linda has an MA in Journalism and spent her early career as a magazine reporter and correspondent for regional and national publications, such as Columbus Monthly, TIME, and The Detroit Free Press. For the past twenty-five years, she has served many community organizations as a strong advocate of education, literacy, and the arts. Her past experience as a trustee and board chair of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra fed into much of the music that fills the pages of TASA’S SONG, whose protagonist is a violin prodigy. Her novel inspired acclaimed violinist Charles Wetherbee, of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, to compose an original composition for violin, “Tasa’s Song,” that had its world premiere in May of 2016 in Columbus, Ohio and led to a collaborative “Book in Concert” program of readings by the author followed by music played by Carpe Diem, now booked in national venues through March of 2017. Linda serves on the editorial team for the online literary magazine, Narrative. In addition, she is also a long distance road cyclist and rides in an annual event to support cancer research. Learn more about Linda Kass at her website: http://www.lindakass.com/.