Linda Root lives in Yucca Valley, California with her husband Chris and two giant Alaskan Malamutes. Root is a former prosecutor with more than 140 trials to her credit, several sufficiently newsworthy to attract the national media. Two were featured episodes of The Prosecutors and Arrest and Trial. She has taught research and writing at the law school level. Since college, Root has pursued an avocation provoked by the duality of the historical treatment of the Queen of Scots. Following an early retirement she combines her expertise as a researcher with her love of Tudor-Stuart history to a quest to rediscover the Queen of Scots. The result is a series of stand alone but related historical novels beginning with the epic The First Marie and the Queen of Scots, a tale of Marie Flemyng, one of the famous Four Maries who had served the queen since they were five years old. The second segment, The Last Knight and the Queen of Scots explores Marie Stuart through the fictional adventures of colorful and controversial William Kirkcaldy of Grange, Europe's first-ranked soldier who later became her last champion. The third book in the Queen of Scots Suite,a work in progress, is The Reluctant Countess, the tale of the three loves of Lady Jean Gordon, whose youthful romance came to an abrupt end when the Queen of Scots arranged a marriage between her lover and one of the Queen's Four Maries. And the Queen was not quite finished interfering in Jean Gordon's life. In a second series, the Legacy of the Queen of Scots, Root explores the legend that the queen gave birth to a child at Loch Leven who was smuggled to France and living in a convent. Books in the series to date are The Midwife's Secret, The Other Daughter and recently 1603: The Queen's Revenge. The latter two introduce the captivating continuing characters Daisy Kirkcaldy, daughter of the Queen's Last Knight, and Will Hepburn, the bastard son of the Earl of Bothwell. the queen's third husband.
Root is a member of the Marie Stuart Society and a regular contributor to the Marie Stuart discussion group on Yahoo, an in active member of the State Bar of California and numerous historical and indie writer forums, including the English Historical Fiction Author's blog and The Review. Reach her on her Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.