Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Linda Sommer Farley  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1947 in Springfield, Illinois

-- Linda Sommer Farley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Linda was born in and currently resides in Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Linda Sommer Farley - One of the most beautiful aspects of life is the relationship and love between a mother and child. To go through life without a mother's love can be very difficult. An abusive grandfather and mother were traumatic parts of my life. At a very young age I had the responsibility of raising my younger brother and sister when no one was home. Being poor I was faced with many challenges during and beyond my school years due to poverty. In my book - A Childhood Taken Away by a Mother and Grandfather - I describe the difficulties and accomplishments that I have experienced in the painful and sometimes humorous segments of my life. I wrote this book with the purest of intentions - to in some way help others. I'm a great grandmother and I continue to write about my life experiences. "Never think that it is too late to accomplish something that is important to you. Be true to yourself."


Farley received a WICS Volunteer 20 award from the television station She was the 1997 volunteer of the year for outstanding service and leadership on behalf of the Central Illinois Food Bank She volunteered for eight years at St. Patrick’s School. Farley also helped at the St. Martins de Porres Center for 12 years. She received a patent in 2002 for unique pillows that she invented. Farley is president of Elissa's Happy Cloud Pillows Inc. Her book was listed as Featured Book of the Month for February 2006 Farley has had articles published in various newspapers and magazines.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Contact Linda at

Selected Titles At Your Library

A childhood taken away by a mother and grandfather
ISBN: 1413775195. OCLC Number: 62195168

PublishAmerica,. .