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Born in Maryland, Linda Collison grew up on a small family farm and later, moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she earned an associate degree in nursing from Laramie County Community College in 1982. She attended Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, while working as a registered nurse for 12 years, specializing in Emergency Nursing.
Collison’s composite career has allowed her to follow her various interests. Besides a registered nurse and a mother of three, she has also been a professional skydiving instructor, a volunteer firefighter, and a first aid/CPR instructor. She enjoys many outdoor sports and activities, especially sailing. Her interest in the past has led her to continue her studies in history at Metropolitan State College.
Collison’s love for creative writing inspired her to become a freelance writer while raising children and working for a living. She has published guidebooks, essays, short stories, articles, and poetry in an assortment of publications and has received awards from Johnson & Johnson and the National Student Nurses Association, Honolulu Magazine, and Southwest Writers Workshop. In 1996 she was awarded the grand prize from the Maui Writers Conference. Collison is the author of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure series including Barbados Bound, Surgeon’s Mate.
Collison loves to travel. She lives with her husband Bob Russell in Hawaii and Colorado, where their children and grandchildren live. And sometimes they get away from it all, aboard their sailboat, Topaz.
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