Linda Burson, a native of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, has been writing ever since she was a teenager. She started out writing memoirs and continued writing by attempting several nonfiction pieces.
After attending college for a couple of years, she left to pursue other interests and to travel California, the state in which she resided at the time. Besides traveling, a lot of her free time was spent reading mysteries, romance and women’s contemporary novels. During this time, Linda met and married Anthony Burson, now her husband of 31 years. They left California when Anthony joined the U.S. Army, which gave them the opportunity to travel the United States, Europe, and even live in Germany where they gave birth to their first daughter, Amanda. Once they returned to the U.S., they relocated to Connecticut and had their second daughter, Kayla.
As an adult, Linda attempted additional writing projects in more difficult subject matters. She tried to write her grandfather’s life story—his life in Italy and his move to Buenos Aires and entrance into America through Ellis Island. She found his escapades as a young coal miner in West Virginia and his later years as a train hopping hobo to be fascinating. Unfortunately, life got in the way and Linda never completed his story. One day she hopes to make another attempt at completing it.
After several other attempts at writing nonfiction and assisting her youngest daughter, Kayla, with a children’s story, she gave up writing to focus on raising her two daughters, being a wife, running her own custom computerized embroidery business and taking care of her dog, a Lhasa Apso named Nathan. After a serious bout of breast cancer, Linda eventually closed down her business after almost 15 years. She decided it was time to attempt writing again. This time, however, with nothing to distract her, she decided on tackling fiction, a contemporary romance with a dark edge.
In January of 2013, she sat down with her laptop and started writing notes about how her novel would progress. After that, the writing began and it never stopped. Before she was aware of it, her idea of a single book turned into a trilogy, which turned into a much longer series.
When asked about inspiration, Linda has this to say: “Nobody really inspired me to write, 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.'” Having the support and encouragement of my husband Anthony and my two daughters, Amanda and Kayla, is also very important. Having my youngest daughter Kayla, who is a writer and editor as well, to offer advice and knowledge has helped me to stay focused and continue to write.”
Linda’s hope after finishing her suspenseful romance series is to attempt a mystery. But since she does love the romance genre, she’s sure there will be more to come with that, as well.