Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gina J Linko  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1974 in Joliet, Illinois

-- Website --
-- Gina J Linko on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Linko was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois. She attended Joliet Central High School and University of St. Francis in Joliet. She now resides in New Lenox, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gina Linko is the author of ''Flutter'' and ''Indigo'', both young-adult speculative novels, published by Random House.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0375869964

Random House Books for Young Readers. 2012

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she's suffered from seizures. And in recent years they've consumed her life. To Emery they're much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They're extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she's tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash's life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery's loops.

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.

ISBN: 0449812863

Ember. 2015

A curse? A gift? A moment that changes everything . . .

Corrine was only reaching out to help her little sister when her touch brought a violent surge of indigo light. In an instant, Sophie was dead. Determined to hide her deadly curse, Corrine distances herself from the world, refusing to touch anyone she loves.

When her family moves to the mystical city of New Orleans, Corrine meets Rennick, a talented artist with a dangerous past. He opens her eyes to other possibilities and suggests there might be more to her gift. But after what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust Rennick? Can she trust herself?

The haunting New Orleans setting gives this suspenseful contemporary YA romance a unique twist.

Praise for Indigo:

“Romantic, tense, edge-of-your-seat reading.” —Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

“A compelling mixture of vulnerability and mysticism with a lush romantic core.” —C. K. Kelly Martin, author of Yesterday

“An often moving examination of grief, loss, and acceptance.” —Booklist

“Teens will enjoy this compelling novel that offers a fresh, modern voice, a touch of the otherworldly, and a satisfying resolution.” —SLJ

“A paranormal love story with plenty of spark.”Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.

Allie's Answers (The Seekers Novel Series)
ISBN: 0806641797

Augsburg Fortress Pub. 2001

When two bullies start picking on Allie Johansen's friend Tess, Allie and her friend Holden decide to take matters into their own hands, making the situation even worse. Just when things start to spin out of control, Allie thinks up The Seekers Extravaganza ... and realizes that this may be her answer.

Holden's Heart (Seekers (Augsburg Fortress))
ISBN: 0806641800

Augsburg Fortress Pub. 2001

When thirteen-year-old Holden's father tells him he is relocating to California, Holden becomes angry at the world, and only through God's help is he able to accept the situation.

Rebecca's Return
ISBN: 0613753763

Sagebrush Education Resources. 2001

Tess Touchstone the Seekers (Seekers (Augsburg Fortress))
ISBN: 0806641894

Augsburg Fortress Publishers. 2002

Book by Linko, Gina, Linko, G. J.

Bens Big Break the Seekers (Seekers (Augsburg Fortress))
ISBN: 0806641851

Augsburg Fortress Publishing. 2002

Deck the Halls! Ben Sandberg can't wait for Christmas vacation - snowball fights, the Seekers Christmas Pageant, a new (cross your fingers!) video camera from his parents and, best of all, his older sister Linden coming home from college. But when Linden comes home, she drops a bomb on Ben, emptying him of his Christmas spirit and leaving him reeling with the question: Is there really a God?

Franks Fear the Seekers (Seekers (Augsburg Fortress))
ISBN: 0806641878

Augsburg Fortress Publishing. 2002

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Gina loves to speak with students who've read her books, and will do free Skype visits for classes having read ''Indigo'' or ''Flutter''. She is also available for writing workshops with middle schoolers and high schoolers.