I’m Linda O. Johnston. Welcome to my website!
Mystery, paranormal romance, romantic suspense and more… I’ve a lot of interests, and the diversity spills over into my writing. So does my obsession with dogs!
I write for two traditional publishers now:
- That includes The Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries from Midnight Ink. The fourth, Pick and Chews, was published May 8, 2018, and the next and final story in the series, For a Good Paws, will be published in May of 2019.
- I also write romantic suspense for Harlequin. My most recent Harlequin Romantic Suspense stories were the K-9 Ranch Rescue novels. The first, Second Chance Soldier, was published in March 2018, and the second, Trained to Protect, was published in October 2018.
- I also wrote the Alpha Force paranormal romances for Harlequin Nocturne about a covert military unit of shapeshifters… although the Nocturne series has ended.
- And now? I’m writing several stories for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, including a spinoff from the K-9 Ranch Rescue stories. And more to come!
And by the way—I was recognized at the 2018 Romance Writers of America National Conference for having had 25 Harlequin books published!
I’ve written other mysteries with dogs in them for Berkley Prime Crime: the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries and the spinoff Pet Rescue Mysteries. These will soon be available as bundled e-books! I have also written The Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.
Plus, some of my older romances have been republished in e-format. They included Once a Cavalier, a time travel romance that features my favorites: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!
So what’s your reading pleasure? A good story with a satisfying ending? Mine, too—and that’s what I like to write, no matter what the genre or subgenre.
Bite the Biscuit, my first Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, was a finalist in the fiction category for the 2016 Dog Writers Association of America’s annual Maxwell Awards!
Dogs? Did you hear me say dogs? Did you catch all my references to them above?
I’ve loved dogs since I was a child, and once upon a time thought I’d grow up to be a veterinarian, not a writer. But then I learned I’d have to cut animals open, even to save their lives. Veterinarian? Not me, though I absolutely admire them.
But I’ve been owned by dogs for a very long time—and I particularly fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels when I saw one on someone’s lap in the Underground on my first trip to London. I came home and had to look hard to find one since they were pretty rare in the U.S. in those days. But I did find one: Pandaemonium, called “Panda” for short. I’ve had Cavaliers ever since, including my two current ones Mystie and Cari.
Though my favorites are Cavaliers, I love all dogs. I’m a dogaholic. A cynophilist!
And so, yes, I also love to include dogs, including rescue dogs, in my writing and do so whenever I can.
Come visit me at the Killer Hobbies blog. I blog there every Wednesday, often about pets although they’re family, not hobbies. I, or at least my characters, also blog on the 18th of every month at Killer Characters, where our characters do the talking. I additionally blog and chat at Writerspace.
I’m also active on Facebook. Please come friend me there!
Linda O. Johnston