Alumna Gets published
EWU graduate Linda Allen pens first mystery novel
By Simon McDowell
September 17, 2006
Linda Allen, a Spokane native and Eastern Alumna, has just
released her first novel in a series of mysteries that follow a 38
year old real estate agent named Jozie Hunter.
Bellingham Homicide is the first novel Allen has written. She
has the second book of the series, Bellingham Betrayal, completed
and it will be in print about March 2007.
Allen has released one work before this endeavor into mysteries.
While at Western Washington University, where she received her
master's in anthropology, she wrote Survival Techniques of the
Homeless Mentally Ill.
Allen enrolled at Eastern for the 1985 school year, finishing two
years later with two bachelor's degrees, one in Anthropology and the
other in Gerneral Studies.
"The Anthropology Department was awesome," said Allen. "I had
not expected such small class size taught by Ph.D's from Harvard
She eventually went to Bellingham, once she was accepted in
their grad program. She was hired as a TA by Western Washington
University, and headed up the Women's Alliance. She was also
awarded the Distinguished Achievement Certificate in the field of
Anthropology from Lambda Alpha, National Honor Society for
Graduating from Western with a master's in Anthropology in 1991,
she decided not to go into teaching. Instead she took back the reigns
of the real estate career she started in the the late 1980's. Allen said,
"It's my day job and I love it."
Her personality would not let her work solely in real estate. The
itch to write mysteries came to her one day when she had just
completed a novel and decided to try writing one herself.
Chelan Valley Mirror
by Jennifer Marshall
Stehekin and Chelan will soon be featured in a novel by Bellingham
author Linda Allen.
Allen, formerly of Chelan, said she decided to base Bellingham,
Dead Ahead, in this area. "I love the place . . . it's my home turf."
Bellingham, Dead Ahead will be the third novel in her Jozie Hunter
"I know the area well and like the man said, "Write what you know,' "
Allen said. "Readers know if a writer is faking it."
Allen earned two bachelor's degrees from Eastern Washington
University in general studies and anthropology. In 1991, she received
a master's degree in anthropology from Western Washington University.
Allen is a real estate agent and president of Women's Alliance, a
group that raises funds for women's and children's causes.
Instead of embarking on the long, uncertain process of finding a
publishing house, Allen decided to print a few copies herself first and work her way up to finding a literary agent,
"If a writer wants to hit the mass market with an initial order of
5000 books or more, he or she will have to go the agent and publishing
house route," Allen said.
To keep herself updated on the area's developments and geography,
Allen has found it necessary to make a few trips back to her old home
in Lake Chelan.
Jozie Hunter is a 30-something, crime-solving real estate agent
with a background in criminal forensics. In her first book, Bellingham
Homicide, Jozie hunts down the killer of a woman whose remains
were found 3,000 miles away from her home.
The second book, Bellingham Betrayal, features Jozie who is
engrossed in another murdur mystery. It will be released in 2007.
The only hints Allen would drop about Bellingham, Dead Ahead
were the locations: "Mainly in Chelan and Stehekin, with stops in
Spokane and of course, Bellingham."
Allen says she has 12 books planned for the series and no
other projects in the works.
"Jozie keeps me busy," she said. "I love going back into Jozie's
world and finding out what she and her cohorts will do next. It's the
slipping into another world that is so exciting," she said, adding that
she loves the challenge of being a good writer. She has a collection
of her writings going back 40 years."
Allen has a full plate between her work and family, so she sits
down to write whenever she has some spare time.
"Creating flawed, edgy characters that the readers will love enough
to want to visit again is not easy," she said. "What I want to have in
the end is a voice that the reader's trust to be consistently'good.That's
what writing suspense is all about."
More information about Allen, her books, and her speaking schedule
can be found by contacting the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.