Denver, Colorado native, Linda Wommack, lives ten block from her childhood home which may explain her interest in Colorado History. She has written eleven books about Colorado with some self-published and some traditionally published. Two books are in the works and under contract for publication in 2019.
Linda is a board member of Women Writing the West and is the Downing Journalism Awards Chair.
When not writing, her favorite activities are camping, boating and fishing with her husband.
No. I left my full-time employment two years ago to write full-time. It is very hard work, but I manage to make a living at it. I, also, write monthly for three national magazines and three local publications.
2. When did you start writing?
My first published piece was in 1990 and my first published book was in 1992.
3. Do you write fiction or nonfiction?
I write nonfiction. My book subjects vary but are based on Colorado history. I do have an on-going theme with works involving Landmark Preservation such as Colorado Landmark hotels, Colorado's Historic Mansions and Castles, Colorado's Historic Churches and Colorado's Historic Schools coming out next year.
4. How long does it take you to write a book and do you have a writing schedule?
I write everyday and research for months, even years on any given subject. My writing is done in my home office and my research wherever the subject may take me. I call it my "history treks."
5. What is your latest book?
My latest book is Haunted History of Cripple Creek and Teller County. This is the first book that the publisher actually came to me and asked me to write it. It has been such fun to interview folks in Teller County, Colorado who have actually had experiences with the paranormal. I have been in buildings and houses all over the county that are said to be haunted. It is fascinating to research to the extent that one can. I can't say that I had a supernatural experience, but there is that possibility.
Home to the last gold rush, Teller County attracted a slew of peculiar characters. Many never left. A Victor Hotel regular named Eddie met his untimely death wen he stumbled down the elevator shaft. A female apparition clad in Victorian clothing appears on the stairs of the Palace Hotel. A closed tunnel on Gold Camp Road is said to echo with the sounds of screaming children and lingering spirits are still prisoners at the old Teller County jail.
Linda willingly gives talks on the history of Colorado. To invite her, go to her web page: LindaWommack.com