I’ve been writing for fun since the third grade and actually have letters from my grade school teachers predicting I’d be a writer someday. In addition, I’ve always been an avid reader, starting with my dad’s Erle Stanley Gardner books when I was really too young to read them. From there I moved on to books of every genre, my most favorite being any kind of story with a relationship in it. Early favorite authors were Mary Stewart, Madeleine Brent, Phyllis Whitney, Daphne du Maurier, and Charlotte Bronte. Applying what I read to what I wrote, I began writing short romance stories in high school and carried that into college. Marriage and children put my writing on hold for a while, but in the late 80s I picked up my pen and began writing again. After joining a romance writers’ club in the early nineties, I became serious about getting published. I got a word processor. I also got an agent, who sold my first full-length category romance to Silhouette Books in 1989.
After publishing 21 romances with Silhouette over the next ten years, I took a break in 1999 and didn’t write at all for another ten years after. Reading some young adult novels by Meg Cabot really inspired me to try again, but in a different genre. So I blended my vivid imagination with my love of the paranormal and started a new career with my teen shapeshifter novel, Jaguar Moon. This time out, I went with electronic publishers, some of whom offered my books in print and e-format. Uncial Press publishes books that I don’t self publish. My stories are available from Smashwords, Amazon, Untreed Reads, Inside Romance, and other online book sellers.
I’m currently writing teen and young-to-new adult paranormal romance. Through the years I’ve been blessed with honors and awards for my writing, and I never cease to be thrilled when a judge or reader “gets” what I do. While writing adult genre romances, I was a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Rita finalist twice. I’ve also won awards from the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) in 2011 and 2012 for my teen paranormal romances and was a finalist in 2013 and 2014. I currently live in Arkansas with my husband. We have a son and daughter who are each married, which means five fun grandchildren. Writing is one of my greatest joys, and I love to hear from readers. You can Facebook me at www.facebook.com/lindavpalmerwriter.