Linda Jo Heffner operates from both sides of her brain. From her left brain came her profession as a science, mathematics, and computer science teacher, while her right brain gives her talent in painting, clay sculpture, crafting, and now writing. She holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters’ degree from Kutztown University, and thirty-two post-graduate credits.

Tainted Seas: My Sailor’s Story is Linda’s memoir of 11 years with her husband, Bud. Meeting in college in 1968, Linda and Bud anticipated a whole passionate life of adventure, love, and laughter but in the shadow of death, how much life can two lovers live?
A widowed mother of three at age thirty, Heffner only recently discovered the truth behind her husband’s early death. Now she wonders how the U.S. military can abandon the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served their country in time of war. Through her books, Linda articulates a fervent plea for justice for military members and their families who have been shattered—in ways seen and unseen—by wars, both past and present.

Tainted Seas: My Sailor’s Story