Linda Peterson is the co-founder of Peterson Skolnick & Dodge, a marketing communications firm with offices in Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia. The Spy on the Tennessee Walker is her third mystery. Her first mystery, Edited to Death, was published in 2005. The Devil's Interval was published in 2013. She and her husband, a retired judge, live in Portland, Oregon. They have one son, one daughter-in-law, and one nearly-perfect grandson.
Linda is an award-winning writer, and a frequent speaker and lecturer on writing, communication and marketing topics. She was the recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators' first Distinguished Communicator award. She has been cited by Inc. Magazine as one of the West’s “new breed of entrepreneurs.” Linda has written the text for nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, Chronicle Books’ On Flowers, HarperCollins Linens and Candles. She contributed the lead-off essay, Naked Parents in the Pool, to the 2008 anthology, Writin’ on Empty (Cehn, Nye, Reynolds). She is also a frequent contributor to publications including the Chicago Tribune.
Her consulting and creative services clients include a mix of corporate, academic, arts, and environmental organizations.
In the literary community, Linda is a frequent interviewer for on-stage author events. She has interviewed Scott Turow for The Stanford Conference on Publishing, and Amy Tan, Gus Lee, and Whitney Otto for the San Francisco New Main Library series. She co-founded the popular Sweet Thursdays literary salons for the Lafayette Library, and has been a garden columnist for Diablo Magazine and was a regular contributor to The San Francisco Review of Books.
Linda is a graduate of Stanford University.