Linda Watkins

Selected Works

Fiction
Jake Chambers, born on Cutter Island, is coming home for the first time in more than a decade. But as the ferry approaches the wharf, he finds himself on a collision course with his past … memories of a summer long forgotten and a girl destined to haunt him forever. Andi Martin is also back on Cutter and, as she sits on the porch of the Sloane cottage, her mind wanders back to that summer of 1965 and the boy who changed her life forever.
Sarah & Zoey is the tale of two women from disparate backgrounds and the one remarkable dog who saved them both.. It is a story of the power of unconditional love.
"Any who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read" ~Midwest Book Review
"Fans of Watkins's Mateguas Island will welcome this solid sequel…Watkins smoothly integrates the paranormal with a complex family drama." ~Publishers Weekly
"A deftly crafted contemporary gothic thriller" ~Chanticleer Book Review




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Linda Watkins currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, served as a Senior Clinical Financial Analyst at Stanford University School of Medicine. Born on the east coast, she grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Upon graduation from college (Carnegie Mellon, '70), she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived and worked for most of her adult life. In 2006, she packed her belongings and, along with her 3 rescue dogs, took the plunge and moved to a remote island off the coast of Maine.

It was on this island that she wrote her first novel, Mateguas Island and, since publication, the novel has garnered the following awards:

* 2014 Gold Medal, Supernatural Fiction, READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION
* 2014 First Place Award, Contemporary Gothic, CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW, PARANORMAL AWARDS
* 2015 Outstanding Novel in Horror/​Suspense, IAN BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Return to Mateguas Island, the sequel, was also awarded a 1st Place Award in Contempory Gothic in the 2015 CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW PARANORMAL AWARDS and was named 2016 Finalist in Horror by READERS' FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION.

In 2016, she published the third novel in the Mateguas Island Series, Ghosts of Mateguas.

Today, Linda lives with her two aging rescue dogs (Splatter and Spudley) and has completed a stand-alone coming-of-age love story, Summer Girl. She is currently working of the first draft of a new contemporary gothic mystery, Storm Island.

Serious about dog welfare and rescue, all net proceeds from sales of Mateguas Island Series are donated to Linda's charitable trust, The Raison d'Etre Fund for Dogs, Dedicated to Rescue and Research.

Linda is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers, The International Association of Crime Writers, and The Authors Guild.

To take a look at her other works, please visit her personal website, lindawatkins.biz. For more information about Mateguas Island please visit mateguasisland.com.