Linda Burson was born in Pennsylvania, but called Connecticut home in beautiful New England for over three decades. In 2022, with her children on their own, she and her husband, after he retired, moved to the state of Virginia.
Linda has been writing since she was given a writing assignment in school at the age of eight. Later, she tried her hand at writing memoirs.
After college, Linda worked in positions where she edited papers for others, and she also pursued other interests and traveling. Linda's love of reading never waned, and her free time was spent reading mysteries, romances, and contemporary women's novels.
After several attempts at writing nonfiction, life got in the way and she had to put her passion on hold again. Linda stopped writing to focus on raising her daughters, being a wife, caring for her Lhasa Apso dog, Nathan, and running her own custom embroidery business.
A dangerous encounter with breast cancer helped Linda decide to close down her business of 15 years and begin writing again. This time, with few distractions, she chose to tackle fiction by writing a contemporary, commercial romance with a dark edge.
In January 2013, she sat down with her laptop and started writing the first chapter. A few chapters in, Linda was keeping notes about the details of her characters so she wouldn't forget the essential characteristics. The writing continued, and her idea of a single book turned into a trilogy, which turned into a much longer series called the Marcy Series, comprising 13 books.
"Nobody really inspired me to write," Linda admits. "But I do remember my mother and father always saying, 'Anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish. Don't ever let anyone tell you, you can't do something.'" Linda says the support and encouragement of her family are vitally important to her continued success.
Messages from Linda Burson
"Keep in mind, fellow writers, that readers' opinions are subjective. Not everyone is going to love what we write. It doesn't make it bad or "wrong." It just makes it not right for everyone. Don't get too discouraged by reviews. I had someone tell me one of my scenes was a cliché. So what! I like clichés once in a while. Besides, a different person read the exact same scene at the same time, and they told me it was their favorite part. Interesting, isn't it?"