Linda Cracknell was born in the Netherlands and raised in the south of England, but has lived and worked in Highland Perthshire since 1990. After studying at the University of Exeter and the International Language Institute in Paris, she spent a year teaching English in Zanzibar in Tanzania. A number of education and consultancy jobs in the UK followed.
After winning the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition in 1998 her first collection, Life Drawing, was published, which was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2001. Her second collection, The Searching Glance, was published in 2008.
As well as fiction, Cracknell has written numerous radio plays and drama scripts, and teaches creative writing in workshops across Scotland and internationally. In 2002 to 2005 she was writer-in-residence at Brownsbank Cottage near Biggar, the final home of Hugh MacDiarmid.