Welcome to my website!
I am Linda Townsdin and I am the author of the Spirit Lake Mystery series inspired by my wonderful childhood in Northern Minnesota. Focused on Murder (2014), Close Up on Murder (2015), Blow Up on Murder (2017), and Longshot on Murder (2019) have been called “complex murder mysteries with bone-chilling thrills and a little bit of romance.” In addition to mysteries, my short stories have been published in several anthologies. Most recently, my story, Re-entry, was selected for the 2020 Bouchercon Anthology, California Schemin’. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, She Writes, Mystery Must Advertise and Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA). I was co-chair of the 2017 Capitol Crimes Anthology.
My background as a senior writer and editor for a criminal justice organization that works to improve information sharing among local, tribal and state agencies has been helpful in plotting my Spirit Lake mysteries. During my corporate and nonprofit writing career I produced a wide range of nationally disseminated publications. I wrote and edited marketing collateral and public relations materials for symposia, conferences and workshops; developed content for websites and produced corporate videos; co-wrote and produced an earthquake manual for the state of California, and other statewide publications. I have a bachelor’s degree in English.
I grew up mostly in Colorado and Northern Minnesota, but California is home. In addition to writing and reading, I like to hike! I am drawn to all bodies of water. I adore my family, friends and pets and believe the true measure of success in life is your joy.