I write adventure

Born in Baltimore, Linda Collison moved west as a young woman cobbling together a composite career that has included nursing, parenting, teaching skydiving, freelance writing, volunteer firefighting, and other occupations. Linda and her husband, Bob Russell (they met skydiving) wrote two guidebooks in the 1990s based on their travel adventures. The husband-and-wife team has sailed many blue water miles together, aboard their sloop Topaz, based in Hawaii. Their three-week sailing experience aboard the HM Bark Endeavour, a replica of Captain Cook’s 18th century ship, inspired Linda to write Star-Crossed, a nautical historical novel published by Knopf. The New York Public Library chose Star-Crossed as one of the Books for the Teen Age — 2007.

Close Encounters of the Whale Kind

Sometimes you’re favored with fair wind and following seas, and sometimes you’re blessed with no wind and a broken engine.



The area known […]

Sea Voyages Gone Badly

Don’t get on that ship!

The Bounty, Essex, Pequod, Titanic, Andrea Gail, Sea Wind, Lucky Dragon — these are names of doomed ships, the […]

In Utero

New moon over the ocean

embryo low

deep in the belly of the sky

i feel your heartbeat in the tide

i will soon […]



a page

blank with possibility

what are you waiting for?


the line where possible and impossible


Barbados Bound

Book 1 of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series

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Surgeons Mate

Book 2 of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series

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Book 3 of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series

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Water Ghosts

“I see things other people don’t see; I hear things other people don’t hear.”

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Fifteen-year-old Ramie Redfeather leaves Cheyenne with music in his pocket

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Blue Moon Luck

For his entire life, twenty-two-year-old Chance Lee has been dreaming

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