Linda’s Road to Romance
I began my journey on the road to romance writing in 1972 with an overcooked Thanksgiving turkey and my nose buried in a delicious copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s first novel, THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER. Reading has always been one of my favorite obsessions, but Woodiwiss had for the first time fused the sweeping majesty of history with the sensual power of romance, and from that moment the romance novel industry went into high gear and was changed forever. I was desperately hooked on historical romance and soon after began secretly writing my own romance novel. I had a lot to learn!
Nearly 25 years after that fateful Thanksgiving weekend of 1972, my badly titled, unpublished manuscript BRADENHOLME’S BRIDE had won 1st place in six romance writing competitions, 2nd and 3rd place in six other competitions, and the 1995 Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart for Long Historical. Two months later the book sold, along with a one-line proposal for a second book, EVER HIS BRIDE, to Avon Books, and, in February 1997, my own first novel–FOR MY LADY’S KISS was released to my great delight! Nine more books have followed, with five hitting the USA Today Bestseller list.
Of course, like every author, I started writing in early grade school, as soon as I realized that I could put my own words together to make my own stories, just like the authors of my favorite childhood books–BEAUTIFUL JOE and HEIDI and the Nancy Drew mysteries.
My love for storytelling eventually led me to a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts at California State University, Dominguez Hills where I gained a deep understanding of character development, dialogue, scene-shaping and plotting techniques. I’m also a playwright, one of the lucky ones who have had full productions of their works– seven full length musicals, four revues and two full-length plays.
I write full time from my home office near Portland, Oregon. And when I’m not writing, I’ve been known to direct plays and musicals, garden ’til I drop, hunt mushrooms, spoil my two grandkids, take extended research treks with my hero husband and blaze trails through our 5-acre woodland with Pippa, our Portuguese Water Dog.
Because writing tends to be a solitary endeavor, one of my favorite professional perks (besides working in my sweats) is hanging out with other writers, attending conferences, meeting readers, and teaching writing workshops.
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