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

Novel writing: Finishing the first draft

Welcome to the art of novel writing. How many of us have a good idea for a novel? Hands shoot up all over the room, waving with excitement. How many of us have actually started the novel? A few hands wither and sink out of sight. Now, how many have…

How to Write A Novel

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Right now thousands upon thousands of stories are being spilled onto the screen as writers around the world commit to 50,000 somewhat meaningful and related words in thirty days. In 2007 I answered the call, writing the first draft of Looking for Redfeather…

Drafting off NaNoWriMo

Hats off to Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful National Novel Writing Month! Thanks to Baty and his cohorts, November will never be the same for compulsive writers and would-be novelists. Baty started NaNoWriMo in California with 21 participants, back in 1999. Sixteen years later, billions and billions (OK,…

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