Jodi Linton grew up across the street from a cow pasture,
where she was more likely to be seen selling Kool-Aid in a
Dixie cup at ten cents a pop, or inviting neighbors over to
watch one of her plays staged on her father’s Bass boat.
Even though she never owned one of the bovines, she’ll admit
that the smell of cow manure had a lasting effect, making it
easy to spot a cow a mile away.
In 2001, she traded in the rednecks, cowboys, and mesquite
trees of her hometown to chase destiny out west. After a few
years of mucking it around with the roughnecks, dust storms,
and droughts, she decided to dust off her boots and head
home. With a History degree in one hand and a marriage
license in the other, she followed her husband in 2006 to
central Texas the heartland, fabulous Austin.
Somewhere down the line, she started writing. Maybe it was
the boring job search, or maybe it was the crazy characters
dancing inside her head that helped put pen to paper.
Whatever the case, writing sure beat the heck out of working
for a temp agency. The first story was about a boy
look-alike Indiana Jones who chased after vampires in small
town Texas. The second story was a YA contemporary about the
Grim Reaper, and well half-way through she decided to shuck
them both, partly due to the birth of her son, and mostly
because she wasn’t awe struck with the premises.
Taking a break from writing to raise her son, she filled the
time by reading, and instantly fell in love with mysteries,
especially ones with witty, spunky heroines. Four months
later, she had a manuscript about a smart-mouthed deputy and
her rotten ex-boyfriend dueling it out in small town Texas.
After settling into the Texas Hill Country with her husband
and two kids, she joined the Austin Romance Writers of
America, and signed with The Belcastro Agency. Today she
can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a
quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing
cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough
to hang any man out to dry.