Patricia McLinn

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Patricia McLinn (b. Illinois) is the author of more than 40 romance, women's fiction and mystery novels. Reviewers cite her work for strong, believable characters in witty, warm stories. She is the past president of Novelists, inc, an international organization for multi-published popular fiction authors. In addition to her work as an author, McLinn is an active participant in the web site A Writer's Work. The web site, run by a group of authors, puts the works of multi-published authors directly into the hands of readers worldwide.


Patricia McLinn attended Northwestern University, where she obtained her BA in English Composition in only three years. She continued at Northwestern, obtaining her Masters in Journalism in her fourth year.[1]

McLinn began her journalism career as a sports writer for the Rockford Register Star (Illinois). She went on to become the assistant sports editor at the Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) before moving on to The Washington Post.[2] In more than 20 years at the Washington Post, she was copy chief for the sports department and an editor for the news service, among other positions.

McLinn began seriously writing as a break from chipping away at layer upon layer of wallpaper in a home improvement frenzy.[2] According to McLinn, she began pursuing publication after hearing a talk by a writer who introduced her to the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

In 1990, McLinn published her first novel, Hoops for Silhouette. Hoops was a RITA award finalist and won the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award. Since then, McLinn has published an additional 25 books.[3] Hoops, as well as books such as The Games (Winter Olympics) and Rodeo Nights, call on Patricia's background as a sports writer.

McLinn has written for Harlequin-Silhouette and Delphi Books, as well as independent e-publishing through A Writer's Work. and the usual array of commercial outlets. She will start a mystery series set in Wyoming with a 2012 release from Bell Bridge Books.


2007, Washington Romance Writers, Outstanding Achievement Award
2006, Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award Nominee, The Right Brother
2006, Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award Nominee, The Games
2005, RT Reviews, Series Storyteller Of The Year Award Winner
2003, Voted eHarlequin Readers’ Favorite Special Edition, The Unexpected Wedding Guest
2003, National Readers Choice Award finalist, Wedding of the Century
2003, Golden Quill finalist, Wedding of the Century
2003, Voted eHarlequin Readers’ Favorite Special Edition, Wedding of the Century
2002, More Than Magic Award finalist, The Runaway Bride
2001, WisRW Write Touch Readers Award finalist, Match Make in Wyoming
2001, OCRW Orange Rose Award finalist, Match Make in Wyoming
2001, GDRW Booksellers Best Award finalist, Almost A Bride
2000, SARA Rising Star Award winner, Hidden In A Heartbeat
2000, VRW HOLT finalist, Hidden In A Heartbeat
2000, VRW HOLT finalist, At the Heart's Command
2000, 2000 Affaire de Coeur Reader-Writer Poll—Best Contemporary Category Novel finalist, Lost and Found Groom
1998, GRW Maggie finalist, The Rancher Meets His Match
1997, VRW HOLT finalist, A Stranger To Love
1995, VRW HOLT finalist, A Stranger in the Family
1991, GRW Maggie finalist, Prelude to a Wedding
1990, Affaire de Coeur (contemporary author of the year) finalist, A New World
1990, RITA Finalist, Hoops
1990, NJRW Golden Leaf winner, Hoops


Single Novels[edit]

• Hoops (1990)
• A New World (1990)
• Not a Family Man (1994)
• Rodeo Nights (1994)
• Widow Woman (1998)
• The Games (2006)

Wedding Series[edit]

• Prelude to a Wedding (1991)
• Wedding Party (1992)
• Grady's Wedding (1993)
• The Runaway Bride (2002)
• The Christmas Princess (2014)
• The Surprise Princess (2015)
• The Forgotten Prince (2016)

Bardville, Wyoming[edit]

• A Stranger In the Family (1995)
• A Stranger to Love (1997)
• The Rancher Meets his Match (1998)

A Place Called Home[edit]

• Lost and Found Groom (2000)
• At the Heart's Command (2000)
• Hidden in a Heartbeat (2000)

Wyoming Wildflowers[edit]

• Almost A Bride (2001)
• Match Make in Wyoming (2001)
• My Heart Remembers (2001)

Something Old...[edit]

• Wedding of the Century (2003)
• The Unexpected Wedding Guest (2003)
• Least Likely Wedding? (2005)
• Baby Blues and Wedding Bells (2005)

Seasons In A Small Town[edit]

• What are Friends For? (2006)
• The Right Brother (2006)
• Principal Of Love (2010)


  1. ^ "Patricia McLinn". Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Meet Patricia". Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Books By Patricia McLinn". Retrieved 9 August 2011. 

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