Linda CollisonLinda Collison is writing this series of naval fiction novels about Patricia Kelley which are aimed at young female readers, however all will enjoy the rarity of a series that explores the role of women disguised as men serving in the 18th century navy.

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1953, moved with her family to a small farm in Carroll County when she was eight, and graduated from Westminster High School in 1971. Linda then moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and earned an associate degree in nursing from Laramie County Community College in 1982. She attended Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, while working as a registered nurse for 12 years. She specialized in Emergency Nursing.

Linda's composite career has allowed her to follow her various interests. Besides a registered nurse and a mother of three, she has also been a professional skydiving instructor, a volunteer firefighter, and a first aid/CPR instructor. She enjoys many outdoor sports and activities, especially sailing. Her interest in the past has led her to become a self-taught historian, specializing in maritime history.

Linda's love for creative writing inspired her to become a freelance writer while raising children and working for a living. She has published guidebooks, essays, short stories, articles and poetry in an assortment of publications and has received awards from Johnson & Johnson and the National Student Nurses Association, Honolulu Magazine, and Southwest Writers Workshop. In 1996 she was awarded grand prize from the Maui Writers Conference.

Linda loves to travel. She lives with her husband Bob Russell in Hawaii and Colorado, where their children and grandchildren live. And sometimes they get away from it all, aboard their sailboat, Topaz.

Series: Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series
Year Book Comment
1760  Barbados Bound aka
Having lost her inheritance Kelley takes refuge aboard a Navy ship
1762 Surgeon's Mate Patricia serves aboard the Richmond as surgeon'smate Patrick MacPherson
  Yankee Moon (Not yet published)

AOS Other Nautical Fiction

Series: n/a
Year Book Comment
  Water Ghosts James McCafferty is an unwilling sailor aboard a traditional Chinese Junk

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