I am an author and freelance journalist, having written for the Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Classic Boat, Classic Sailor, Sailing Today, Vision Now and Cornwall Today (Magazine of the Year, 2009 Press Awards) where I have been Sailing Correspondent, columnist and a regular contributor since 2008.
I write personal profiles, health pieces, sports articles, features, reviews, author interviews and walks.
I have interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum and Cornwall Today. I have also written features for Nursing Standard, Openmind, Your Dog and many other magazines.
I regularly attend literary festivals and give talks on how I came to write walks, so if you would like a speaker, please get in touch.
I have also written several novels for which I am seeking representation. I am a member of the Society of Authors and attend regular meetings.
My novel FOUR LEFT FEET has been awarded Highly Commended in the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance in November 2012 and is being read by a literary agent.
I’ve always been a late developer – I didn’t marry till I was in my early 40s. I’ve always written, but earning a living kept getting in the way of earning money from my writing, so I didn’t become a journalist until the age of 50 after I’d achieved a Diploma with Distinction in Freelance and Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism.
I’ve always loved walking but it wasn’t until the arrival of my terrier Mollie that I began to venture further afield. And when I started writing walks for Cornwall Today in 2008, this provided an incentive to explore Cornwall more thoroughly.
My walks began to take on a life and style of their own. “They’re like a personal letter,” said Linda Spiller. “I feel like you’re talking to me as I read them, and I can see Mollie running, smell the honeysuckle and hear the rumble of the sea as I read.”
As the walks accumulated, it became apparent that all kinds of people enjoyed reading them – not just walkers – so I decided to try and sell the idea of a walks book. As any writer knows, this is not easy. It took years, and wasn’t until several weeks after my husband died that I finally got an offer of publication from Sigma Press.
I signed that contract in amazement, not really believing that a book would actually come out of it. But at last it came along – and you can buy a copy from Sigma Press, Amazon, and many other retailers online as well as most Waterstones and many other outlets in Cornwall.
Since then I have continued to write more books on Cornish walks which involves getting lost, soaked, frozen and sunburnt with Molls and a selection of friends. Walking not only keeps you fit but provides endless hours of amusement, arguments and much needed food and drink. I hope that anyone reading my books enjoys the walks even half as much as we have.
I regularly give talks about how I came to write my books, featuring photographs I’ve taken along the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many different organisations, including sailing clubs, U3A, the W.I., and several charities, so please get in touch via the Contacts page.
Any other events or book signings will be on my facebook page.