Mysteries in the Minnesota Wilderness
When Tacoma resident and author Linda Norlander moved to the Pacific Northwest 14 years ago with her husband Jerome, she brought with her all of life’s experiences and fond memories of her childhood in the rural areas of northern Minnesota. Today, she invites book lovers to accompany her on her journey back to her native country in the pages of her series of novels “A cabin by the lake”.
A nurse with a long career in public health and end-of-life care, Norlander retired not long ago after serving as Clinical Director of Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care at University Place. It gave her time to focus on her writing and the adventures of her lead character Jamie Forest, a New York girl and freelance writer who escaped traumatic experiences there and went to live in an old family cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota. However, she ends up getting caught up in criminal investigations where even she cannot avoid being an unwitting suspect.
Norlander had previously written two books on topics related to his profession: the award-winning “To Comfort Always: A Nurse’s Guide to End-of-Life Care” and “Choices at the End of Life: Talking with Your Parents Before it’s Too Late” , in addition to other fiction, non-fiction and humor short films that she has written. After her retirement, while working on a book with a dark theme, she found herself wanting to write something more fun, and that’s when her series “Cabin by the Lake “.
“I was sitting in my living room one day and said I had to write something that wasn’t that depressing,” she said. simply beautiful and accessible only by canoe or hiking. We used to spend time there and always thought it was a magical place. That’s really what got me going.
Each book in Norlander’s series is set in a different season in the Northwoods of Minnesota, engaging readers in the natural beauty and mystical cycle of life in this isolated part of the country that Jamie first witnesses. .
“What I’m able to do then is present this part of the state with fresh eyes – someone who had never experienced it before,” Norlander said.
“Death of an Editor” (2020), the first in the series, takes place in the summer. Readers learn about Jamie and instantly get hooked when she, a member of a local environmental group, argues with the county editor. newspaper about the development of a copper and nickel mining operation.When the editor is murdered, her business card is found with the body.
“Death of a Starling” (2021) takes Jamie through the fall season and another thriller, with a deadly shootout in a nearby town where all the victims were Native Americans. She continues the story, but the only person who will speak Jamie investigates to uncover secrets and get answers.
The release scheduled for next May is “Death of a Snow Ghost” with its winter theme. Norlander did not yet have the freedom with his editor to go into the details, other than to say: “The adventure is taking place in the middle of winter and there will be a snowstorm.
Spring arrives with the fourth volume of the series, on which the author is already working.
Norlander’s parents inspired her to write when she was a little girl, her father an editor of a small town newspaper, and her mother a columnist who did not write on frivolous topics but for educate readers on deeper issues like the presidential race between Nixon and Kennedy.
“Back then, in the 1950s and 1960s, the publisher’s wife was generally expected to write some sort of column. It was ‘here’s my favorite recipe’, but it wasn’t my mother, ”Norlander said.
She and Jérôme have been married for 52 years and he is her best helper in his profession. “He’s got a masters degree in technical communication and he’s a great editor. I’m not good with commas but he really knows where they’re going,” Norlander said with a laugh.
Find Norlander’s books on Amazon and visit his website at LindaNorlander.com.