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

Chesapeake Writers Conference 2014

My reflections on the 2014 Chesapeake Writers Conference In a nutshell: 6 days and nights/$750; not including optional lodging and meal package.   Award winning faculty included Patricia Henley, Matt Burgess, Ana Maria Spagna, Elizabeth Arnold, and Gerald (Jerry) Gabriel, who was also the conference director. Disciplines: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and…

Writers Conferences — Worth it?

“Who here has been to a writers conference before?”  Matt Burgess asked at the welcome dinner last night.  I was one of a very few old veterans.  Most of the youngsters at the table were newbies; I envied them their innocence. Here I am at the Chesapeake Writers Conference  —…

How We Write: Getting published – in a science journal

a  memoir by Martin Evans “Publish or perish!”. The warning is more urgent in today’s world of science research than when it was first used in the nineteen-thirties. A young post-doc, hoping for a career as a research scientist, is expected to get about two peer-reviewed research papers published every…

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