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     Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments that make readers connect with her characters.

     Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. Linda has two grown sons and lives with her husband and rescue dog in Michigan. You can follow her at her WebsiteFacebookand Twitter

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When did you write your first book?

     I wrote and illustrated my first book in grade school. My elementary school had this contest called “Calbery”. The term “Calbery” was derived from the names of the Caldecott and Newberry Awards. Students wrote and illustrated their books each year. The winners received awards and the winning books were sent on to compete with other students from surrounding elementary schools. It was a big deal and I looked forward to making my book each year. I still have the ribbons and certificates in my writing box that’s followed me from place-to-place. That deep-seeded passion for writing shadowed me through life, got pushed to back burner, but surfaced later on when my boys were young. I wrote my first women’s fiction manuscript about ten years ago. Time flies when you’re having fun.

How long did it take to write your first book?

     To be honest, I’m not sure how long it took to write that “first” full length manuscript. It’s still sitting in a binder on my shelf. Probably a year or so. Maggie’s Way is a different story, though. Maggie’s Way was my debut novel and I completed that manuscript in about three months.

What was your motivation to write your first book?

     Cancer was my catalyst. Being published was on my life’s list of things to do, so I buckled down upon being diagnosed. I put all my other projects to the side and let new characters drive my stories. When I began writing Maggie Abernathy and Chloe McIntyre, I found my voice. Within a year’s time, I’d written first drafts for the three books in my Montana Bound Series. (I’m happy to report, it’s been five years since radiation and I’m cancer free. Grateful!)

What is the best thing about being a writer?

     Connecting with readers, most definitely!

What is the worst thing about being a writer?

     The characters that won’t leave my head until I entertain their story. It’s very difficult for me to turn off my brain, even if I’m exhausted.

Do you ever think of the next book whilst writing?

     All. The. Time.

What are some of your favorite books on writing?

  • On Writing by Steven King
  • the 90-day novel by Alan Watt
  • Storytelling Made Easy by Michael Hauge

What are you working on now?

     I’m finishing a Women’s Fiction short story with paranormal elements. It’s in the final stages of editing and it’ll be out mid-June 2018. Here’s the blurb:

     Burdened by heartache, can a whisper from beyond give middle-aged Paula Murphy the courage to just pedal?

     Coming back to her Bay View summer home in northern Michigan means more than planning beach picnics and working in her daughter-in-law’s bicycle shop. Her avoidance to embrace her grown son’s death isn’t the only tribulation weighing on this self-reliant social worker’s mind. Reluctant to believe the unfathomable, Paula Murphy’s world is turned upside down when she’s reunited with the only man she’s ever loved.

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Linda is a multi-published author. In 2016, her debut novel, Maggie’s Way was a finalist in The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award and the Greater Detroit Booksellers Best Award.

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Linda’s books can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2bakz7T

Barnes and Noble:

Maggie’s Way: https://bit.ly/2rJwNhs

Maggie’s Fork in the Road: https://bit.ly/2Inq0R3

Maggie’s Montana: https://bit.ly/2L4kzIy

A Montana Bound Christmas: https://amzn.to/2iprs9w


When it comes to being thankful my first thought every day is about having Helen in my life.  She’s  my wife, my heart’s desire, my collaborator, and especially my best friend.

But I have many other things I am grateful for starting with the day I was brought to Joyce and Gerard Krummenacker as a foster baby (the only one they ever kept), to this moment here before my computer.  Perhaps someday I’ll share more of those personal tales, but on this day I simply want to focus on the past year.

In October of 2016, I got the call for an interview with the County of Santa Cruz and a week later I was offered the job.  I was still attending classes at CSU Monterey Bay at the time and had to sacrifice my GPA by going down in flames in two of them gradewise.  I could have simply dropped those classes but at the time we were living in campus subsidized housing and I was under the  impression that I still had to be a full-time student to keep that place so I bit the bullet.  I later found out that our “Lease” would have still been honored all the way through to May of 2017, but no one had told us that.  Still, things worked out.  We found our current apartment in early January, and were offered to sign a lease the day we looked at it.  This was after putting in application after application and hoping to hear something on a number of other units, only to receive silence in return.  Not even a polite, “We’ve chosen other renters but thanks for applying.”

I started my job on November 7th, 2016, got through my six months of probation and am solidly in with the county.  We’ve been able to get by on our own these last 12 months and have health insurance, dental, and a slowly building checking account.   Helen and I were finally feeling more stable for the first time in almost 10 years (another tale for another entry).

Then in the last month, after a succession of interviews and false starts, Helen landed her dream job as an Accounting Technician with the County of Santa Cruz.  Suddenly, the future looks more bright and hopeful for us than ever before.  We get to spend more time together since we work in the same building and take the long commute together every day.  We’re also learning ways to avoid the heavier evening traffic by sometimes bringing dinner or a picnic with us so we can eat in peace.  By the time we hit the road an hour or so later, the majority of the uglier traffic is gone.  We even do some shopping sometimes and come home with plenty of time to kick back and enjoy ourselves.  Just last night, we stopped for pizza and then wandered down to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk area and walked along the pier.  There we met nice people, listened to the waves, and watched sea lions splashing in the dark waters below.  We used to do this a lot when we lived in Santa Cruz some five years ago.  Now we’re able to do it again and its wonderful.

So much has changed.  We’re actually looking to build a retirement – something we were never sure we’d ever be able to do down the road.   Plus, we’re thinking of looking into getting a place in Santa Cruz again, which would cut down our commute considerably.  We’d thought about this before but just on my salary it would have been difficult.  But now, with her income we stand a real chance.

With fingers crossed, and a firm determination, this time next year we’ll have even more to be thankful for.  In the meantime, we will finish getting our next book out on the 12th Night of Christmas (January 6th, 2018).  We have high hopes of one or two more releases next year as well, but we’ll see how things go.

In the meantime, thank you all for your continued support and visits, and may all who celebrate this day have a very Happy Thanksgiving…


I swear there are days I wish signs like this would appear so I can prepare myself…

I’m sure the image above speaks volumes of what’s been happening with me in the last week or so.  Too many distractions and problems to deal with and very little of me to go around.  I won’t go into great detail but I had a financial crisis thanks to my old health insurance (no I wasn’t sick or injured it was a premiums issue) that is finally getting resolved.  My finances are very thin at the moment but will improve shortly so now I can breathe a little easier again.

I also wound up making a major decision on the university front.  I’ve changed my major from Collaborative Health and Human Services to aiming for a Business Degree.  I’m leaning towards Marketing because there’s a much better demand for that field, as well as getting better ideas of how to market my own works in time.

So slowly but surely I’ve been weathering the storms that have been hitting me left and right.  But all this chaos also slowed down my writing considerably.  Just dealing with all this nonsense left me physically and emotionally drained to the point I had very little left in the tank.

Plus I was having a really hard time trying to decide where to take the next scene in the story.  I had several options but none of them were really going anywhere.  They seemed more like unnecessary side streets that did not lend enough to the main story.

Finally I did the one thing I keep reminding everyone else to do…

Instead of trying to force the story along I listened to what my characters were saying.  They told me where they needed to be in the next scene and I went with their idea.  Suddenly, the story is moving forward again and new tension is building as a result, adding new excitement and mystery to the piece.  So tomorrow, I think I can really settle in and do some serious work on the novel.  I really want to get this first draft completed before the end of the summer so I can get the 2nd draft and editing under way.  Then after a third and maybe fourth rewrite, I’ll unleash it on some beta-readers.  I’m still planning on trying to get “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” out by Christmas as well, but we’ll see how things are going.

For now I just need some down time to recover from all this recent stress.  But I feel like on my path again.  That’s all for now.  Take care everyone and remember to keep writing.


This latest installment not only deals with creating characters, but also explains a bit why I haven’t been making as long an entry as I’d like lately.  I hope to do a more proper entry shortly.  Thanks…


Ah the joys of unpacking after you move.  This was totally unscripted.  I was originally aiming to do a new Vlog entry about my new home.  What I landed up with was this.  I hope you all get a laugh out of it.


Just uploaded a new video on my Vlog/YouTube channel about “Setting”. This is the first of a few installments about how a person’s setting can affect them, whether they are a character in a story or an author in real life. Please check it out and leave a comment either here or on my YouTube channel underneath the video. Thank you.

New Entry On My Vlog…


Hey everyone, here’s a link to the latest entry on my Vlog.  I hope to do a proper entry for this blog tomorrow or Sunday so keep an eye on here as well.  I’ll be posting a brand new section to novel #2 “THE SHIP”.  In the meantime, here’s the YouTube link to my Vlog.  I hope you enjoy it and find some good advice in it.

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