Linda Spence studied at Lake Forest College, University of Michigan and San Francisco State in the areas of English literature, education, nutrition, and stress management. These areas of interest suited her well for her work today as a business consultant and conductor of writing workshops. She is the author of Legacy: Step by Step Guide to Writing Personal History. Linda assisted in developing tools that are being used for the Adolescent Risk Factor Study. She has been personally touched by breast cancer with the death of her mother from the disease.