Linda Collison

About me

I was born in Baltimore but I keep moving westward. I’ve raised children, worked more than a decade as a registered nurse, taught skydiving, studied history, and sailed many nautical miles with Bob, my husband.

I first knew I wanted to be a writer in second grade. But then again I wanted to be a lot of things — including a musician, an actress, an oceanographer, a horse trainer, a dancer. I still do. The cool thing about writing is you can be anything you want, you can change careers whenever.

Star-Crossed (Knopf; 2006) was my first published novel, followed by Surgeon’s Mate; book two of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series (Fireship Press; 2011). Barbados Bound (a revised Star-Crossed, now out of print with Knopf) will be published in 2012 by Fireship Press as book one of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series. I’m working on book three of the series, which I hope will be published in 2012.

From my website

The important second draft

The first draft is where we capture the heart, the guts, the essence, and the power of our story.  But first drafts (at least MY first drafts) are awkward, self-absorbed, disjointed and repetitious (not to mention riddled with grammatical errors.)  Revision is needed — yet caution is also needed so…

The Princess Taiping — doomed Ming-era warship

photo by Cara Chow (Charlotte1125) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons A few weeks ago I wrote about Intrepid Dragon, the Chinese junk that inspired my not-yet-published novel, Water Ghosts. Another inspiring junk I had the good fortune to visit while she was still afloat…

The Brain Storm of Words

In the last two posts I shared an important part of my writing process, the initial “brainstorm” or uninhibited first draft. I actually posted the unedited beginnings of a speech I’m working on.  (It felt like one of those dreams where you find yourself naked in a crowd of people…

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