Linda Wisdom was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She majored in Journalism in college then switched her major to Fashion Merchandising when she was told there was no future for her in fiction writing. She held many positions ranging from retail sales to executive secretary in advertising and office manager for a personnel agency.
Her career began when she sold her first two novels to Silhouette Romance on her wedding anniversary in 1979. Since then, she has sold more than seventy novels and one novella to four different publishers. Her books have appeared on various romance and mass market bestseller lists and have been nominated for several Romantic Times awards and Romance Writers of America Rita Award.
She lives with her husband, her spoiled rotten Chihuahua-Yorkie, and an equally spoiled parrot in Murrieta, California.
Several of Lindaâ€™s books, including her Hex paranormal series, has been optioned for film and television. Her newest book is Wicked By Any Other Name (Sourcebooks Casablanca), part of the Hex series.
Linda, if you could travel back in time to before you were first published, what advice would you give yourself?
Yes, I would hope Iâ€™d listen to my own advice, but that doesnâ€™t always happen. So easy to go your own way and make your own mistakes, even if thereâ€™s a chance you wonâ€™t have to.
So what would I do?
Of course, when I sold my first two books there was very little information out there for authors. There was no RWA, and you relied heavily on your agent and editor.
I would make sure to have an agent who would look out for my interests and if that person werenâ€™t doing so, then Iâ€™d be on the hunt for someone who did.
Learning about the creativity side of writing can be easy and talking to other authors can even help there. But the business side is just as important if not more at times. Back then I could read and understand a contract, but I still didnâ€™t know the ins and outs of publishing contracts. If you donâ€™t understand a clause, ask questions.
The best piece of advice Iâ€™ve carried with me since high school is â€œIf you donâ€™t understand something, donâ€™t pretend you do. Ask questions.â€ And after all these years, I still do.
I would tell myself back then that change is good even if it means venturing into new territory. That I canâ€™t be afraid of the prospect. That I should embrace that new territory as a challenge and just go for it.
I would sit myself down with the talk, â€œForemost, this is a business, even if youâ€™re doing what you love. But if you keep on learning and doing what it takes, youâ€™ll have the experience of a lifetime.â€
As if Olivia Merriman doesn’t have enough to do in her beloved town of New Moon Beach, now her grouchy great-grandmother has recruited her to head up their coven of witches; her sisters are miffed, the coven is pushing her to accept the job, and to top it all off an evil wizard is messing with her love life. More info →