About Lin Wilder

 

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About Lin Wilder- Thank you for your interest in learning about me. More than a few friends and readers of my novels have asked me why I took so long to write fiction. Friends knew that writing novels had been a goal from my youth.  For years I held the story of Margaret Craven close to my heart. Craven was sixty-five when her stunningly beautiful first novel, I Heard The Owl Call My Name was published, therefore I had plenty of time. Until I didn’t.

I feel privileged to be writing the 4th in a series about Dr. Lindsey McCall, scheduled for release during the fall of 2017. She, Rich Jansen, and the rest of the characters have taught me so much about life, lessons, and faith.

Because I have published a variety of non-fiction articles, book chapters and the like, I am asked frequently to explain the difference between the two. Which is easier?

The writing of a novel is so completely different from a textbook or chapter on specialized knowledge or an article about the methods of solving problems faced by everyone in the field (all the subjects I once tackled) that it’s hard to know where to start to convey just how humongous is the difference.

Mostly, I think, it reduces to fear. At least it has been for me. ‘Sure I can write, I’ve written and published for my entire life’. ‘But’ (that wonderful acronym- behold the underlying truth) ‘can I write a compelling story? And when I do, will it end up revealing things about me that maybe I don’t want made public?’

Not that writing non-fiction is easy. It isn’t. Just that the dream of writing novels felt too big or I was too little-maybe not crazy enough or unhappy enough. So I persuaded myself that I really didn’t want to write that novel, it was merely the dream of the kid English major I had been many years ago. I loved the research that always preceded an article or chapter or the textbook, the high that came with reading, re-writing and reading again, “Yes, this is the best I can do…it’s clear, it’s accurate, its good.”

Until one day back in 2005, on a hike in the mountains behind my house, when a character named Dr. Lindsey McCall appeared in my head and heart and wouldn’t let go. I could see her, literally. And I knew she was a woman who had never questioned her ability to do anything, anything at all. What would that be like, I wondered, having that kind of self-confidence?

Early in the writing of the first book, I decided to use the ‘rule’ for the classical novel: The indifferent narrator, someone through whom we learn about the foibles of the protagonist. What better twenty-first century ‘observer’ than an investigative reporter?

But once the characters are created, they take on a life of their own, I have learned. Kate Townsend refused to stay in the background, she gained flesh, bones and muscle as she sat beside me while I wrote. And she was far from indifferent.

And so it began.

Here’s a bit more about my former life written by a publicist:

Lin Wilder is a former Hospital Director with a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston. Lin is presently a self-employed writer who works from her home in northern Nevada. She finds peace and channels her creativity in the remote valley that offers her just the right amount of silence, stillness and solitude. She has written throughout her entire adult life but made the switch from non-fiction to fiction in 2006.

“I found, long ago, that the best way for me to understand something is to write about it.” Lin explains. Writing helps her to better comprehend even the most challenging subjects. Lin feels her line of work should be viewed like any other business, advising others, “In the beginning, expect to be in the red.” After years in the industry, she has learned the value of a good editor, finding that editing is far more than proofreading. “Writing is hard work and requires exceptionally thick skin. Once we decide to publish our work, we’re in the public domain where others can criticize, perhaps even in a hurtful way.” Wilder states.

Prior to her decision to switch to fiction, Lin Weeks Wilder had published over 40 articles and book chapters as well as a textbook. She was also written four self-help books. Lin’s first novel, The Fragrance Shed by a Violet, was published in July of 2015. The second edition, The Fragrance Shed By A Violet: Murder in the Medical Center and the sequel, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Nation of Law: The Dark Side, are available to purchase on Amazon. When asked why she chose to create a second edition, Lin quotes Chesterton, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly” and explains that the multiple errors in the first edition begged to be fixed. The third in her series, A Price for Genius, was planned for a spring release but has been trumped by a non-fiction account of an “unplanned surprise” story of the return to faith, Finding the Narrow Path: Faith, Patterns, and Searching. Her series of medical thrillers are situated in Houston, Texas with many references to the local Medical Center where Lin worked for over 23 years.

In her free time, Lin Wilder enjoys exercising, hiking, listening to beautiful music, gardening and last but certainly not least, reading. She is married to a former Marine and psychologist with 25 years of experience counseling ex- combat veterans. They reside in Nevada with their two dogs.

 

This was taken back in 2007. And shows the two dogs, Ally the red Doberman, and Shadow, the German Shepherd mix. These two wonderful boys hiked with me each day as I wrestled with the first book, did combat with my insecurity and fears. Until one March evening in 2014, around nine in the evening, when Shadow and I watched our barely 7- year – old Ally boy drop dead from a lethal cardiac arrythmia. Max, the red Dobie male in the books looks remarkably like Ally.

 

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6 thoughts on “About Lin Wilder

  1. Lin,
    I am a dietitian at Memorial Hermann Hospital Tx Med Center in Houston (perhaps the same at Houston General in the book?) and have been there almost 27 years. You probably don’t remember me but may remember my husband, a cardiologist, Richard Smalling. I know you came to the hospital a year or so ago and did a book signing on a Friday. I work 4 days per week and am usually off on Fridays so was unable to attend. However I did recently purchase The Fragrance…and read it over the past few weeks. How fun to read about sights in our city, River Oaks Country club, Tony’s and of course the Texas Med Center. This past week we were in Budapest at a heart failure meeting and at dinner with Dr. Max and Donna Buja. I asked him if he remembered you; of course he did! Told him I was reading your book (thank goodness for long plane rides which gives me uninterrupted reading time!) and how I could picture so many places while reading it. It was a very good story and I will plan to share it with friends! Congratulations and best of luck in your newest career endeavor! Sharon Smalling

    • Hello Sharon!
      Of course I remember you and Richard well! And yes, Houston General is Memorial Hermann Hospital in the book. And thank you for mentioning me to Max! I thank you very much for taking the time to write a note and will add you to my mailing list because the sequel to Fragrance is published and perhaps you would like to keep up with Lindsey, Rich and Kate!
      My very best to you and to Richard!

  2. Lin, I have missed you so much and as my son, R., and I were on the way (just the two of us) to my grandson’s wedding I had my first opportunity to quiz him.

    He did not give me much information but just enough that I could find you on the computer. (I am not great at that)

    Al died almost 4 years ago and I moved into an independent living facility.

    Hope you will answer so we can have a more private way to chat.

    Much love
    Shirley

    • Hi Shirley!

      So sorry to hear that Al died. I hope you are well and enjoying life! Randy has his wife send me a Facebook happy birthday message each year. It’s better that way!

  3. I am so thrilled that you got my message. I ordered your new book from Amazon today. I understand it will be a few more days until it is published. I have a lot of reading time and spend most of my time reading. I have every book Greg Isles has written. Al and I even took off on a trip over to Mississippi in hopes of meeting Greg. Only we learned when we got there he had been in a terrible auto accident and has lost a leg and had his back broken plus a few more things. I took his latest book with me for signing but he was in hospital up in Jackson. I left it with the lady who owned the B&B where we stayed and she knew him. She got it to him and he wrote a while page to me then mailed it back to me. We planned to go back to meet him but Al died shortly thereafter. I will give you details about Al’s untimely death another time. I miss him terribly.

    I want to tell you some more private things but I don’t know if this would be the proper forum as it seems it may be open to the public.
    If you don’t mind, send me a private site. I am so excited to hear from you. Randy is on a week’s motorcycle ride and is to take me to dinner when he returns.

    And, BTW, I am still enjoying that beautiful robe you gave me on that Christmas. I miss you very much. We had so much in common. Not that I have your smarts. Also you will be surprised to know that in my living room I have the picture of you and Randy, where were dressed in formal attire in front of a fireplace. Do you remember that one?

    Maybe we can chat on the phone one day.

    Love
    Shirley

  4. Dear Ms. Wilder:

    Although “Do You Solemnly Swear?” arrived safely, it ultimately failed to achieve a review assignment. This is no reflection on the quality of the work because it handily passed our initial screening process.

    The difficulty is that we receive an average of two thousand titles a month seeking review and I have 81 reviewers to try to cope with it all. With respect to your particular title it was simply a matter of too many books, not enough reviewers.

    I suggest you avail yourself of our free book review resource database “Other Reviewers” which you will find at:

    http://www.midwestbookreview.com/links/othr_rev.htm

    Here you will find links to freelance book reviewers, book review magazines and publications, book review web sites and blogs, etc. While some are specialized, others are more general. Go down the list (it’s a long list because it is a huge database) and when you see one that looks promising, click on it and you will be zapped to that particular reviewer or review resource web site.

    Read through their web site and you will be able to determine if they are thematically appropriate to your book, and if so – what their submission guidelines are.

    If you already have a review of your book from someone else, and can obtain their permission to do so, I would be willing to run that review in your behalf and under their byline in our regular monthly book review publication “Reviewer’s Bookwatch”. If you have more than one review, just pick the one you like best.

    Because review formats vary widely, be sure to add an “info block” to the head of the review. An “info block” would be:

    Title
    Author
    Publisher
    Publisher Address
    Publisher Web Site (if any)
    Publisher Email (if any)
    ISBN, Price, Page Count
    Reviewer’s Name

    This is information data that librarians and booksellers need in order to fill out purchase orders if inspired to acquire the book based upon the review.

    I hope this proves helpful.

    Jim Cox
    Midwest Book Review

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