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Linda Davison Stafford, also known as Crying Wind, April Knight, and Gwendlelynn Lovequist is the author of several novels including Crying Wind and My Searching Heart which describe the experiences of a young Native American girl named "Crying Wind", and tell a story of Christian conversion. Under the pseudonym Gwendlelynn Lovequist, she has written many love stories and romances, for publications such as Writer's Digest.
Education and businesses
Stafford attended the University of Colorado (1961), the University of Texas (1966), the University of New Mexico (1967), and the University of Alaska (1969). She has run art galleries in Santa Fe, Anchorage, and Oklahoma City.
Publication and exposure
Stafford was described as a Kickapoo author and a convert to Christianity when her book Crying Wind was published in 1977. Soon, she was touring, promoting her book and giving her conversion testimony in churches and at conferences across the United States, dressed in Indian garb.
Later editions of her books, which were published by Moody Press, included a disclaimer that said names, dates, and places had been changed. In 1979, Moody Press took the books out of print due to concerns that the books were not presented as fiction. Stafford said the problem arose due to "an unfortunate misunderstanding" between herself and Moody Press, connected to changes in staff and policies at Moody. She maintained that Crying Wind "is still based on my life", and that her mother was indeed raised on a Kickapoo reservation. Her next publisher, Harvest House, stated that it is honest to call Crying Wind a "biographical novel."
Her book Crying Wind sold over 80,000 copies, and has been translated into over a dozen foreign languages.Indian Life has published two of her other books, When the Stars Danced and Thunder in Our Hearts Lightning in Our Veins under their imprint, Sequoyah Editions.
List of her books
- Wind, Crying (1977), Crying Wind, Moody Press, ISBN 978-0-8024-1676-6
- Wind, Crying (1980), My Searching Heart: A Biographical Novel, Harvest House, ISBN 978-0-89081-262-4
- Wind, Crying (2001), When the Stars Danced, Sequoyah Editions, ISBN 978-0-920379-19-6, OCLC 49222023
- Stafford, Linda (2007), Thunder in Our Hearts; Lightning in Our Veins, Intertribal, ISBN 978-0-920379-33-2
- Kievit, Joyce Ann. "Crying Wind" in Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, p. 79 (Bataille and Lisa, eds., Routledge, 2001).
- "'Crying Wind' is Back, but Not as a Biography This Time". Christianity Today, v. 25, p. 44 (January 23, 1981).
- Veach, Tucker. "A Remarkable Life" The Times-News, p. 1 (April 20, 1978).
- Uttley, Jim. "Native American World Indian Life Books Publishes Three New Titles" Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., ASSIST News Service (November 23, 2010).
- Uttley, Jim. "NATIVE AMERICAN WORLD: Intertribal Christian Communications celebrates 30th anniversary" Archived 2014-04-16 at the Wayback Machine., ASSIST News Service (October 26, 2009).