Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Friday, June 14, 2013


I have decided to make my romantic suspense novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, available on Kindle for free for 3 days (Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21) to make it more visible to readers. You could really help if you would tell as many people as possible who have Kindles (or who have a Kindle app on their PC, MAC or tablet) to go get their free copy at:

The Kindle edition is also available on Amazon in Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Brazil.

Thanks so much for your help. And please post your review comment on Amazon when you've finished reading it!

Linda Katmarian


  1. Hi Linda. I've tweeted, google+d but when I followed the link it is not free. I was going to fb it too, but will wait to see what you say...

    1. Thanks Denise. It is not free until June 19 (next Wed thru Fri). I just wanted to give people a little advance notice.

    2. I will verify that Amazon lists it for free on Wednesday.