Mardi Jo Link is the award-winning author of two memoirs and three true crime books including Bootstrapper, a memoir of single-motherhood, rural life, and badassery published by Knopf. It was named a Michigan Notable Book, won the Housatonic Book Award for non-fiction, and the Great Lakes Independent Bookseller’s Association’s Bookseller’s Choice Award. Academy-Award winning actress Rachel Weisz has optioned the book for film. Mardi has also written three true crime books about unsolved murders. Her second memoir, The Drummond Girls, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan and writes a monthly column for her local newspaper, the Traverse City Record-Eagle. She studied journalism at Michigan State University and has her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

Other Works

  • Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

  • Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceipt in Northern Michigan

  • Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder & Confession in a Northern Michigan Town

  • When Evil Came to Good Hart: An Up North Michigan Cold Case


Awards and Recognition

  • Housatonic Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, 2014
  • Michigan Notable Book Award, 2014
  • Bookseller's Choice Award, GLIBA, 2013
  • Michigan Notable Book Award, 2010