Linda Watkins

Goodreads Author


Born
in Norwich, CT, The United States
Website

Twitter

Genre

Influences
Shirley Jackson, early Stephen King, Peter Straub, John Fowles

Member Since
April 2013


Linda Watkins currently resides in Sedona, Arizona and, in another life, was 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 up 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
...more

To ask Linda Watkins questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Linda Watkins Hi Howard,

Karen Andersen, my lead character, is truly a figment of my imagination. I don't believe there is much of me in her at all. Our backgrounds…more
Hi Howard,

Karen Andersen, my lead character, is truly a figment of my imagination. I don't believe there is much of me in her at all. Our backgrounds are completely different and her values don't really reflect mine.

If I have put something of myself into any of the characters in Mateguas, the most likely candidate would be Maggie - a young woman searching for love but always choosing the wrong man! When I started the novel, I envisioned her as the ultimate heroine of the piece; however, she had other things in mind!

I don't think I need a personal frame of reference to create my characters - Karen, Bill, Dex, Maggie, Sophie and Terri all began vaguely in my mind and, as I wrote they evolved and acquired flesh, blood, and personalities of their own.

The "characters" that I did use a personal frame of reference for were the "island" itself and the inherited "house on the hill" As you know, I lived on an unconnected island in Casco Bay for seven years and this remote, but wonderful, place was the basis for all that happens in Mateguas. The description of the house Bill inherits was based on my 150 year old home that sat on a hill overlooking, not the shore, but the Island Golf Course!

I hope I have answered your questions. If not, query me again! Have a great day!(less)
Linda Watkins Hi Pat. I've never SEEN a ghost, but I've felt them. The first was the spirit of my dog, Gabriella, who passed away at the vet's when I was on my way…moreHi Pat. I've never SEEN a ghost, but I've felt them. The first was the spirit of my dog, Gabriella, who passed away at the vet's when I was on my way to see her. She's the only dog I've owned who didn't pass in my arms. It was devastating to me. I missed saying goodbye by minutes. Several days later, I was watching TV and suddenly my other dogs all turned their heads to the ceiling and started barking. I lived in California at the time so my first thought was "earthquake!" However, in the next minute I felt the most beautiful sense of peace and warmth pass through me and I knew Gaby had come to say goodbye and let me know she was okay. That was my first experience with the spirit of one who's passed. More recently, when I was living in Muskegon, MI, I believe my house was haunted. Toilets flushed by themselves, doorbells rang when no one was there, kitchen timers went off for no reason whatsoever. I never actually encountered the ghost, but I did smudge the house more than once trying to get him or her to move on! I do believe that some spirits or latent energy can be left behind when someone passes. Have you ever seen a ghost? (less)
Average rating: 4.01 · 753 ratings · 186 reviews · 8 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mateguas Island: A Novel of...

3.80 avg rating — 453 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Return to Mateguas Island: ...

4.10 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Secrets: A Story of Love an...

4.49 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sarah & Zoey, A Novella

4.35 avg rating — 40 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Summer Girl, A Novel

4.71 avg rating — 21 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateg...

4.50 avg rating — 28 ratings3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Mateguas Island Series ...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
Rate this book
Clear rating
Storm Island, A Kate Pomero...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Linda Watkins…
Am so jazzed. MATEGUAS ISLAND is currently the #1 Bestseller in Dark Fantasy on Amazon and is #22 on Barnes & Noble's list of top 100 Bestsellers on NOOK.

Thank you everyone who has purchased my book. I hope you all enjoy the read!
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on June 19, 2015 17:24 • 78 views • Tags: contemporary-gothic, dark-fantasy, romance
Mateguas Island: A Novel of... Return to Mateguas Island: ...
(2 books)
by
3.94 avg rating — 663 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Linda’s Recent Updates

Mateguas Island by Linda  Watkins
"LOVED IT
I really enjoyed this book. If there was one criticism it was the minute descriptions of everyday life which I would have preferred the author to omit, but the story was excellent, the imagery clear, the tension just right in all the right..." Read more of this review »
Mateguas Island by Linda  Watkins
"The first book I ever read by Linda Watkins was the novella Sarah & Zoey. To say I loved it is an understatement. Mategus Island is not a feel good book--it is horror and a slow burning one at that! It will slowly draw you in. The charactor's..." Read more of this review »
Sarah & Zoey, A Novella by Linda  Watkins
"A Novella for Teens to Adults

'Sarah & Zoey' by Linda Watkins depicts two women from very different walks of life & whose paths would never normally cross. However, Zoey is key to showing Sarah & Millie how much they really do have in..." Read more of this review »
Summer Girl, A Novel by Linda  Watkins
"Author Linda Watkins is another great Maine author who takes her readers on a journey that I found mesmerizing. With skilled precision, Linda lays out a summer chance encounter that leaves two young teens changed forever. I dare say that Andi and..." Read more of this review »
Sarah & Zoey, A Novella by Linda  Watkins
" Thank you, Julianne. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I, too, am an animal lover - I currently have 2 rescue mutts and I volunteer 3 times a wee ...more "
The Magus by John Fowles
“The dead live."
"How do they live?"
"By love.”
John Fowles
Linda Watkins is now following Gerald Guy and Julianne
52882969
Linda Watkins is now following
2598681
Linda Watkins entered a giveaway
Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Unbury Carol
by Josh Malerman (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Linda's books…
Phyllis McGinley
“A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet.”
Phyllis McGinley

Louis L'Amour
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L'Amour

Erica Jong
“Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.”
Erica Jong

Henri Murger
“The first duty of wine is to be red. Don't talk to me of your white wines.”
Henry Murger

Jenny Joseph
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.”
Jenny Joseph, Warning: When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

99986 Modern Good Reads — 6254 members — last activity Sep 23, 2018 11:29AM
Modern Good Reads connects readers with books, authors, & challenges. We want to chat, inform, & provide events & discussions, a home for readers and ...more
56640 Connecting Readers and Writers — 3690 members — last activity 8 hours, 19 min ago
We connect adventurous readers with Indie Authors. This group is about connecting writers with readers in a way that has not been done on Goodreads be ...more
117800 Kindle Coundown Deals — 276 members — last activity Sep 19, 2018 02:41AM
For authors, a place to list and promote your Kindle Countdown Deal titles. For readers, a place to scoop up timely Kindle deals!
185908 Thriller/Horror/Suspense Reading — 334 members — last activity Aug 06, 2018 12:54PM
This is a group to discuss all the new releases in the reading industry that are a variation of one of these genres. This ranges from crime, to horror ...more
145673 Murder and Mayhem Horror and Ghost Group — 42 members — last activity Aug 31, 2015 10:47PM
All books pertaining to horror and ghosts. Feel free to post books that scare the crap out of you and keep you awake with the lights on all night.j
142718 LSK Sweetheart Reviews Recommendations — 58 members — last activity Aug 04, 2015 09:01AM
Books we have read or authors we love that we think you will enjoy!
116997 The Spirals of Danu — 122 members — last activity Feb 06, 2015 11:54PM
This is the official GoodReads page for The Spirals of Danu, the series of horror books by Martin Adil-Smith. We also discuss fantasy and horror films ...more
26989 Goodreads Authors/Readers — 29098 members — last activity 1 hour, 9 min ago
This group is dedicated to connecting readers with Goodreads authors. It is divided by genres, and includes folders for writing resources, book websit ...more
179161 Women's Fiction for Authors and Readers — 57 members — last activity Jul 22, 2018 01:09AM
Women's Fiction explores family relationships, women's life experiences, women's issues, and generational sagas. This group is for authors to share th ...more
127944 eBook Miner — 2180 members — last activity Sep 23, 2018 08:17AM
We run eBook Miner, a new and innovative site that aims to connect publishers and writers (especially indie authors) to avid readers. We sift through ...more
More of Linda’s groups…



No comments have been added yet.