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Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

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Linda's top writing themes

Lust and desire
Emotional expression
The home

About Linda

I was born a writer. I can't remember a time I didn't write, though my earliest scribbles, while I was in diapers, were not decipherable even by me. Later, I saved ideas for school assignments and waited for opportunities to write them. My first attempt at an epic, when I was eight, was a science fiction story so incredibly precocious that, if I could find it, I'm sure I'd find a new calling as a writer. Well, maybe not. Still, it was a start: the story of a young boy and girl who together explored the universe.

That's something else: I was also a born romantic. Nearly all of my fiction involves a romantic relationship. No wonder I wound up writing romance novels!

I have also always enjoyed solving puzzles, which led me to write suspense into all of my stories, too, no matter what their genre or subgenre.

I stopped writing fiction in law school - confusing cases and boring briefs left little time for pleasure. But, I couldn't stay away. Soon as I could carve out time early in the morning before work at my first law job, I wrote for fun once more. Cathartic! In my first finished – and as yet unpublished – mystery, I killed off a law firm's senior partner.

My first published fiction consisted of several short stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The first, 'Different Drummers', won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for best first mystery short story of 1988.

My first novel was the 1995 Love Spell time travel romance A Glimpse of Forever. Since then, I have had 24 additional novels published – mysteries and romances, including paranormal romance and romantic suspense.

In addition to creating fiction, I am a transactional lawyer and love writing contracts. I live in the Los Angeles area with my husband and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexie and Mystie.

Favourite films

My favourite film: LadyhawkeBooks I love:Moonspinners by Mary StewartAnything by Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth PetersAnything by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsAnything by Tami Hoag