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Linda O. Johnston
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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 awaited 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 my fiction involves a romantic relationship. No wonder I wound up writing romance novels!

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 In my first finished -- and as yet unpublished -- mystery, I killed off a law firm's senior partner.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 (ISBN 0-505-52070-2). In 1996 came The Glass Slipper, a Love Spell faerie tale (ISBN 0-505-52111-3). Point in Time, a Love Spell time travel romance, was published in 1998 (ISBN 0-505-52244-6) , followed by Stranger on the Mountain in 1999 (ISBN 0-505-52301-9). In 2000, I had three books on the shelves--Once a Cavalier from Jove Time Passages (ISBN 0-515-12847-3), The Ballad of Jack O'Dair from Love Spell (ISBN 0-505-52404-X), and Alias Mommy from Harlequin Intrigue (ISBN 0-373-22592-X).

My novella "Up on the Housetop" appeared in Love Spell's 1999 Christmas anthology Winter Wonderland (ISBN 0-505-52339-6).

In July 2001, Marriage: Classified (ISBN 0-373-22624-1), my second Harleqin Intrigue, was published. More to come!

I recently left my full-time law job to devote more time to writing -- though so far all that extra time I anticipated is still eluding me! I am a member of the Orange County (California), Los Angeles, Western Pennsylvania, and RWA Mystery-Suspense chapters of the Romance Writers of America. I also belong to Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter, and my mystery short story "Love on Sunset Boulevard" will be included in the upcoming SinC/LA anthology Murder on Sunset Boulevard. It was fun getting back to my "roots" and writing a mystery short story again. I live in the Los Angeles area with my husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and enjoy frequent visits of my two young adult sons.

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