Linda Lovely’s romantic suspense novels feature strong heroines. Her heroes accept courageous women as equal partners. Her manuscripts have earned final spots in 15 contests, including RWA Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier contests. BONES TO PICK, her first novel in a new humorous mystery series, includes plenty of romance. LIES: Secrets Can Kill, is a romantic suspense set in 1938. She also writes the "Smart Women, Dumb Luck" romantic thriller series. Each book in the series features one of three friends--a forensic accountant, a former FBI agent who is now director of security for a university, and a Ph.D. microbiologist.
A journalism major, Lovely pursued a career in PR. One of her clients—the investigative firm that served as a prototype for the heroine’s employer in Dead Line, first in the Smart Women series—introduced her to forensic accounting and other techniques for catching savvy criminals. Dear Killer, the first in Lovely’s Marley Clark romantic mystery series, was a finalist in the 2011 RWA Golden Quill published novel competition.
During five terms as president of the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC), she also established ties with many law enforcement experts willing to share expertise with authors. In addition to SinC and RWA's Kiss of Death chapter, she belongs to International Thriller Writers and helps organize the annual Writers' Police Academy. A popular speaker, Lovely has taught genre fiction classes through Clemson University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Lovely lives with her husband beside a peaceful lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She swims and kayaks—keeping an eye out for a big honking turtle that frequents her cove. She plays tennis, hikes, gardens, and, of course, reads. Bedtime means diving into a good book.