Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston is the author of more than 15 romance novels, including paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her paranormal romances include Silhouette Nocturnes and a Nocturne Bites. She is also the author of the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series.

Linda's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Armed with an undergraduate degree in journalism with an advertising emphasis from Pennsylvania State University, Linda began her versatile writing career running a small newspaper, then working in advertising and public relations, and later obtaining her JD degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. In addition to her writing, she continues to practice law.

Linda is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is actively involved with Romance Writers of America, participating in the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters.

The protagonist of Linda's mysteries, Kendra Ballantyne, is a lawyer who lives in the Hollywood hills with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Lexie. Coincidentally, Linda is also a lawyer who lives in the Hollywood hills with her husband and Cavalier named Lexie, plus Lexie's younger Cavalier friend, Mystie. Linda has not, however, had her law license suspended or turned to pet-sitting, nor has she discovered any murdered clients.

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