- Lindsay McKenna is a pseudonym of multiple-award winning writer Eileen Nauman.
- She has had 75 books published under the McKenna name since 1981, most dealing with military or mercenary subjects, for several publishers: Simon and Schuster, Warner, Avon and Berkely, Harlequin/Silhouette. Another 20 books have been published by the writer Eileen Nauman, under Nauman’s name or other pseudonyms, for a total of 70 fiction books.
- She has sold 10 million books worldwide.
- She is known as the “Top Gun of Women’s Military Fiction.”
- Morgan’s Mercenaries: Heart of the Warrior, placed #103 on the USA Today book list and #2 on the Waldenbooks bestseller’s list in August 2000.
- Valkyrie will be her first electronic/print-on-demand book, set for release December 1.
- She is the first best-selling author of women’s fiction to release a new book (Valkyrie) exclusively through an electronic medium.
- McKenna originated the military adventure/romance genre in 1983 with Captive of Fate (Silhouette Special Edition/Simon and Schuster/Silhouette).
Recognition and Awards
- Romantic Times Award for Best Electronic Book for 2000 with Valkyrie.
- She was nominated for “StoryTeller of the Year” at the prestigious “Romantic Times Career Achievement and Reviewers Choice Awards” in Houston, Texas November 9, 2000.
- She is the only Women’s Military Fiction writer to sign autographs in the Pentagon bookstore.
- She has three books under movie option contract and being pitched to Hollywood moguls: Valkyrie, Beginnings (MayDay), and Code of Silence.
- McKenna has marketed her military adventure/romance books heavily in the burgeoning romance market, to great success. As a result, her awards include the following:
- Romantic Times Career Achievement for Best Series Romantic Adventure, 1990-1991
- Romantic Times Awards Best Military Romance Author, 1989-1990
- Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Historical Romances 1987-1988, “Hostage Heart.”
- Romantic Times Magazine award, Best Continuing Romance Series, 1986-1987
- Romantic Times Magazine, Best Harlequin Temptation, “Touch the Heavens,” November 1985
- Romantic Times Magazine, Most Innovative Author, 1984
In the Military
- She was a student pilot at 17 years old and had 35 hours upon high school graduation and joining the U.S. Navy.
- McKenna served in the U.S. Navy, 1964-1967, and was an AG3, Aerographer’s Mate Third Class (meteorologist).
- She comes from a U.S. Navy family tradition, and, as a result, has strong, positive patriotic feelings for the United States. Her father served during World War II on three different destroyers in the Pacific Theater of War.
Test Piloting and Training
- She took high-altitude hyperbaric chamber training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio in order to fly in Air Force military planes (B-52 and T-38).
- McKenna has flown an Air Force T-38 “chase plane” at Edwards Air Force Base, California to research a novel that featured test pilots. She has also flown two missions in an Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-52 bomber out of K.I. Sawyer, Air Force Base, Michigan. And, she flew a 12-hour day mission and a five-hour night mission for research on a B-52 novel.
- McKenna flew in a Falcon Coast Guard Jet out of the Coast Guard Miami Air Station, Florida for research on a novel. She flew in several search-and-rescue helicopters and training missions out of the Coast Guard Port Angeles, Washington during a seven-day interview and research for a book.
Being a Firefighter and EMT
- She served as a volunteer firefighter from 1981-1983 with the West Point Volunteer Fire Department, West Point, Ohio. She pioneered women as firefighters and served with twenty male volunteers.
- She was registered as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic in Arizona for many years.