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

Water Ghosts at the BEA

Here we are in New York City at the Book Expo America, Bob and I. Today we’re looking forward to having lunch with Rick Spilman, fellow author and founder of Old Salt Press, whose imprint Water Ghosts bears.  Spilman’s book The Shantyman just received a starred review from Kirkus, no…

Practicing the art and craft of writing with Pulitzer Prize winners

While digging through old files today I came across a few chapters of an unfinished novel I brought to the the Napa Valley Writers Conference, eighteen years ago. My workshop leader was Michael Cunningham, who would win the Pulitzer Prize three years later for his novel, The Hours. There, in…

Water Ghosts, the cover

Here it is, the cover the professional design team came up with, based on my suggestions, and targeting a young adult audience. I really appreciate my writer friends who critiqued the novel and provided me with feedback, pre-publication. Writing is not nearly as solitary as it seems; writers learn from…

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