Lin Wilder has a doctorate in Public Health from the UT Houston with a background in cardiopulmonary physiology, medical ethics, and hospital administration. During her thirty-plus years in academic health care administration, Lin authored numerous texts in these fields.
She began writing fiction only after leaving her Hospital Director position at UMASS Medical Center. Since then, Lin’s been the recipient of an extensive array of awards for her two series of novels. Her medical mystery series include: The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius and Malthus Revisited. Plausible Liars, the fifth in the Dr. Lindsey McCall mystery series, was released in October 2023.
Lin’s ancient novel series includes I, Claudia, and My Name is Saul. The Reluctant Queen, took first place for historical and religious fiction in Feathered Quill’s Best Books of 2022. In addition, her memoir, Finding the Narrow Path, recounts her journey away from God and back again.
Lin lives in the Texas hill country with her husband and dogs.
The Fragrance Shed By a Violet: Murder in the Medical Center
Why did a Houston district attorney decide to involve the state in an area of the law that it has historically treated as sacrosanct: that of medical decision-making? Why did the DA decide to charge McCall with murder rather than criminal negligence in a civil court?
In a city where the Texas Medical Center reigns as one of the top employers in Houston, housing over three thousand medical researchers making the news with new pharmaceutical discoveries almost daily, why did twelve Houstonians unanimously decide to convict Dr. McCall for intentional murder following her trial?"
These are the questions that lead investigative reporter Kate Townsend to write a Pulitzer Prize winning series called Murder in the Texas Medical Center. Haunted by the knowledge that her new-found fame has been purchased at too high a price; Kate is sure that McCall is not guilty.
Do You Solemnly Swear?
What if your former girlfriend decides to use her 6-year-old daughter to punish you for breaking up with her?
How do you prove that you are innocent of the worst case of sexual perversion against a child?
Is it possible to refute the lies of a beautiful, seemingly innocent, little girl?
Gabe McAllister decorated former Marine and respected Texas State Trooper walked out of his condo in west Houston on a Tuesday morning. He was headed to a meeting of the newly formed task force of the DEA, Texas State Police, and Border Patrol, he found five Houston cops waiting to collar him for the rape of 6-year-old Annie Bridges.
A Price for Genius
Dr. Lindsey McCall's worst fears are realized. Not only have both drugs been stolen but two women have been kidnapped- one maybe dead. Lindsey had known Liisa Reardon's new drug was alchemy, only this time, the end product actually more precious than gold.The desperate call from Hank Reardon in Switzerland came late at night.
Finding the Narrow Path
Faith, Women’s issues
Deciding to walk away from God did not come easily or quickly. Nor did the decision to return.
These kinds of tumultuous events feel as if they happen impulsively, spontaneously. But, if we take the time to look back at patterns, we find the seeds of the decision sown years before the actual action. This was not a book medical fiction writer Lin Wilder planned to write. Ever. Until she remembered a promise made to a friend years before.
Author Wilder explains: Exactly how much of my personal life should be included in this book has been a tough decision to make. This is, after all, the story of a conversion, not an autobiography. Many of my choices, judgments, and their consequences remain painful, even humiliating to revisit, writing them down, even more so. Initially, I questioned the relevance of describing elements of my career, education, and relationships with men- in short, my pre-Catholic world in detail. Since I did not convert until midlife, there are a lot of territories to cover. But I realize that my use of the term 'lost years' makes no sense unless I place them squarely in the context of the person I was then. Without the details of my early life, unpleasant as they are to recall, much less write, this sense of drifting and of aimlessness are merely words which lack substance. They are unidimensional.
Malthus Revisited: The Cup of Wrath
Morgan Gardner did not look like she would save the world. Quite the opposite in fact. Only eighteen years old and the autistic, unlikely best friend of LJ, Dr. Lindsey McCall’s daughter, Morgan was gawky, painfully shy and unattractive. Unless you took the time to notice her eyes. And most people didn’t.
Morgan’s exceptional gifts were known only to her and to the animals she could understand better than people. She told no one about the nightmares, embarrassed and afraid that no one would believe her, Morgan waited until it was almost too late.
Lin Wilder’s 4th novel in her Lindsey McCall series combines the innovative medical research that her readers have come to admire with a new and terrifying threat to the population of the world. This story jumps continents as Malthus Revisited gains traction in the former Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece, the central coast of California and Switzerland- culminating in a horrifying climax in the remote Qinghai province of China.
Lindsey and her husband Rich have worked hard to reestablish their respective careers following their move from Houston to the central coast of California. Although the addition of two teenagers create challenges to their formerly quiet home life, McCall and Jansen are content. Until an enemy from their past returns with renewed ferocity and peril for the whole world.
Wilder’s new tale embroils a fanatic believer in the Malthusian consequences of overpopulation with a solution which takes on demonic qualities, qualities that Diedrich Braun neither predicted nor control.
Malthus Revisited-The Cup of Wrath adds a quasi-dystopian element to Wilder’s evolving Lindsey McCall mystery series, guaranteed to be a riveting read through the last page.
I, Claudia: A Novel of the Ancient World
Claudia Procula—wife of one of the most controversial figures in ancient history—comes alive to twenty-first-century readers in a groundbreaking new novel by the award-winning author of the Lindsey McCall medical mystery series.
For decades, the daughter of the last Oracle at Delphi has suppressed the secrets of her birth, extensive education, and marriage to the notorious Fifth Prelate of Judea—Pontius PIlate. Now, at age seventy-nine, she feels compelled to leave behind her story for the world and set the record straight about the beginnings of modern history.
He has had his arms raised for how many hours now? Shouldn’t there be a Joshua to help this Moses? I suppressed a smile at my wittiness, knowing better than to voice the thought aloud. My ladies would be shocked by my allusion to the great Jewish prophet. Well aware of my reputation as an empty-headed nitwit among those who served my husband, such low expectations had served me well. Best to maintain the fiction.
In a surprising change of genre and style, Wilder brings her extensive research and wide-ranging imagination to bear on the seminal story of our time: the passion of the Christ. The result is a compelling and harrowing love story replete with historical figures such as Seneca, Socrates, and Pilate himself. It is sure to captivate both believers and skeptics alike, and remain in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned.
I, Claudia: A Novel of the Ancient World
“They were the faces of my dreams…”
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My Name is Saul
Historical Fiction, Romantic Historical Fiction, Religious Fiction
"The time I was born for is here. I will wage war against these Christians, and I will emerge victorious. My name is Saul."
St. Paul the Apostle is a towering biblical figure, but almost nothing is known about his early life as Saul of Tarsus.
As death loomed over him at Mamertine Prison in Rome, under the watchful eye of his jailer and final follower Aurelius, he wrote:
I will die tomorrow. In the morning, around sunrise.
There are two things for which I am eminently grateful: That I have been permitted to have fought the good fight and finished the race marked out for me; and that I will not have to endure another winter in this place.
Starting from that pivotal moment, blending historical fact with audacious creativity, the author of the award-winning I, Claudia propels us back through the life of the man who would become St. Paul. Her vividly imagined, well-founded tale of loss, transformation, and divine intervention will captivate believers and non-believers alike who yearn for the human truth and drama behind the scriptures. "I am convinced that Saul is a man for our times," explains Wilder, "primarily because he was interested in just one thing: truth."
The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Esther
Historical Christian Romance
I'm called Esther-a Persian name, and yet I'm a Hebrew. Had I been able to do so, one of the questions I would have asked my mother and father when I grew older was, "Why did you give me this name?" But now, of course, I know why.
The story of the orphaned Jewish girl who saves the Jewish nation from extinction is the stuff of fantasy and legend.
Did such a person exist?
Could an anonymous girl have been selected to be wife of the ancient Persian king of kings?
Religion, Science, Legal Fiction
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Kate Townsend knew she would lob an incendiary device into the contemporary culture if she wrote and published her series, Corrupting America's Children: Creating Chemical Eunuchs. But because of what she'd witnessed in her son's pre-kindergarten, she felt obligated to do it.
In a remarkable convergence of events, Lindsey McCall is also drawn into the explosive world of transgender politics. For the second time in four years, Lindsey is facing indictment for unintentional murder. The US Department of Justice has indicted both McCall and Townsend in a conspiracy of mammoth proportions.
In this fifth novel of Wilder's award-winning Lindsey McCall medical mystery series, her readers will find the innovative medical research loved by her fans, combined with a dramatic courtroom scenario guaranteed to provoke and challenge.
In her Foreword, Wilder writes:
We fiction writers have a responsibility when creating a character; he or she must sit beside us as we read the story. If she isn't, we haven't done our job.
Therefore, writing Dr. T's character forced a plunge into places I had no interest in going. A person like Adam Turner would not have come into this beautiful world looking for a kid to control, manipulate, or wreck. There had to be a reason- that created massive psychic wounds.
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