Before she began writing, Linda Cooper taught English in New Orleans high schools and English as a Second Language at Tulane University.

The title and idea for I Don’t. I Don’t. I Do! came to her overnight: “I woke one morning with it swirling in my head.” 

But there it remained germinating for years while she was raising children and teaching.

During that time, she noticed how often the book's premise applied to adults. To students studying to earn a degree or teachers grading papers to earn a paycheck. Even to writers like Dorothy Parker, who once quipped: “I hate writing; I love having written.” How true, Cooper said, pleased that she finally sat down and transformed I don't into I do.