Linda Rigsbee is a multi-genre writer. She has published over 40 books since 1986 and always has another one in the works. Rigsbee writes clean romance, westerns, science fiction, youth and children's books. She writes both fiction and non-fiction in lengths from flash fiction to novels.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm probably outside working on a project, which might include wood work, gardening or something for my chickens. I am caregiver for my husband, so I take him to doctor appointments. I go to craft shows with my books and help promote other authors as founder of ProActive Writer's Group. I stay busy. =o)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was "That Special Summer" and had it bound for my son at Christmas. I think that was 1984.
Out of the west and into our hearts. These fictional westerns depict, if not how it was, at least how it could have been. At one time, westerns were called “Horse Operas.” These stories are short dramas of the west.
A young man feels he must follow his father's footsteps as the greatest hunter in their village, but he fails every test. When he tracks a Matiki into the desert, he discovers that he may have another destiny.
A tiny organism does what no one else has been able to do. It backs Donte into a corner and puts him on his knees. Donte cannot rely on his supernatural skills. He must rely on his crew and learn to resolve problems without superpowers.
A futile rebellion turns deadly for the Lyra crew in this episode of the Spaceship Lyra Logs. What is causing the disappearance of miners and troops, and is assisting an uncooperative general worth the risk?
Research and rescue spaceship Lyra responds to a distress signal from planet Arcane and discovers a planet in dire need of assistance. As Supreme Commander, Donte is willing to risk his life to assist, but he has no idea what it will cost all of them.
Set in the early days of colonial America near Sibley, Missouri. A young couple is separated during an Indian attack on their homestead. Each faces terror on a 25 mile trek through the wilderness to Fort Osage.
Oriel is sending an expedition team to planet Opus in preparation for colonization. Dr. Oriana invites Donte to scout for them and, since he and Rianne are no longer together, he accepts. Captain Pacilio's granddaughter is on the team and her rebellious actions wind up getting them both trapped in an underground chamber. Everyone believes they have drowned, but Purlieu isn't ready to give up.
When Fontalo returns to reclaim its property, the mascots, Donte represents Purlieu in a resistance that begins to look futile. He decides the only way Purlieu can be free is if he goes to court on planet Oriel. He has no idea if he will be welcome, but he is willing to risk all in the fulfilment of the prophecy to lead Purlieu to freedom.
Sometimes being the chosen one means taking all the risks. Donte isn't one to shirk his duties, but a ruler must learn to delegate. As the Anialwch connection in a Prophecy, he must learn to deal with unbelievers of all sorts - some who want to eliminate him. He has to learn who is friend and who is foe. Book 2 of The Mascot Trilogy is a struggle to an uncertain end.
A scientific company illegally creates humans contaminated with animal genes. The mascots are placed on a new planet to guide and protect the colonists. After an accident, they abandon their experiment and claim the planet is uninhabitable. For thirty years the colonists and mascots survive on their own. If the scientists return, can they legally reclaim their creations?
Young Zachariah Morton arrived at the Apache village of his mother seeking revenge for the killing of his parents by a neighboring rancher. He sought the wisdom of an old Indian, but the Apache delivered him to a Mexican instead. They took his gun and the papers he had confiscated, but he refused to surrender his determination to right a wrong.
Sequels from The Mascot Trilogy. Donte is promoted to the position of Supreme Commander of the spaceships, but he is the one who decides which missions the Lyra will take on. The Lyra is a research and rescue spaceship.
Carmen is struggling to stay in the black with her goat dairy when she meets Alex, her roommate's sophisticated brother. Sparks fly from the start, but Carmen is convinced they have nothing in common. Love wins and they go from one struggle to another, always working things out.
When a scientific company on Planet Oriel illegally creates humans contaminate by animal genes, it uses them to guide and protect colonists on a newly discovered planet. After an accident, the company abandons the experiment and claims the planet is contaminated and therefore uninhabitable. Thirty years later, the colonies are beginning to unite and a young mascot is prophesied to lead them to freedom from Oriel. Donte has no manual or instructions on how to do this. He must depend on his unique skills - and pray it all works out.
Woodsy lore gives this clean romance a special feel. Megan rents a rustic cabin for a self administered survival test. It's a bit of a culture shock going from high society in California to the back woods of Arkansas, but that isn't her only surprise.
Carmen has finally convinced Alex to go on a family vacation. This is the first trip she has planned and she makes mistakes, but one mistake could cost their lives. It all begins when they observe a drug deal in the desert.
Carmen's husband and sister-in-law have convinced her that for her children's sake, she should take the role of a modern housewife. In the process, she makes a tragic mistake and alienates her husband.
Drake the dragon is a draconian landlord. Marcie, his tenant, is Kayla’s best friend. Kayla knows nothing about the requirements of being a landlady. She only wants to get Marcie and her daughter out of his clutches and into a friendlier environment. So, with the power of her magic sword (a pen) she gets Marcie out of a lease and into her apartment. From there, things go downhill in a hurry.
Mary Jo wanted to save the forest and the critters in it. Barrett Monroe was a timber man. There was only one way they could find common ground, and that was to join forces fighting the drug dealers who had set up business in Pa's forest.
The vow "for better or worse" isn't so romantic when "worse" is unresponsive in a hospital bed. When Alex tries to rescue Carmen, he gets stabbed and nearly dies. He survives, but goes into a coma. By mutual agreement, Alex is head of the family." Will Carmen's life be forever changed or will Alex recover?
Carmen and Alex had a perfect marriage until he left on a two-week business trip to South America without her. The days were long without him, but when he returned, she began the darkest hours of her life.
Staying chaste until the wedding date is difficult enough for Carmen, but adjusting to marriage is harder than she expected. Communication should go two ways, but she's not doing her share, especially regarding one very private secret she shares with her former boyfriend.
The goat dairy provided enough financial turbulence. Carmen couldn't afford the emotional storm created by the arrival of a wealthy salesman. Everything about Alex thundered incompatibility, so why were they so attracted to each other?