About me


Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing
---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing—to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

I have a strong creative streak that I've been honing to all my life. It's born of curiosity and the need to explore and explain the world around me—to make sense of it all. 


In 2013 I started taking watercolor classes after I finished publishing my novel. It took many years of taking writing classes and workshops to learn enough to publish a novel. What I didn’t know how to do was market my novel and frankly I didn’t have the desire to do something that I found tedious and boring. I suspect it will take many classes and workshops to get a handle on watercolor painting. Whether writing or painting, the goal is to communicate something of value to others. And when it comes to painting, I have only one goal: to pursue what challenges me without bothering with the restrictions of critique and marketing. I’ve finally learned that the most important thing is to have fun.

email:  ll.katmarian@gmail.com   © Linda Katmarian 2011-2018