Linear has the ability to store and track Author information. You can create an author profile with their name, title, picture and email. When adding editorial you'll have a pulldown menu to select among your stored authors.
By using an author from your system, your Linear Publishing will retrieve the authors information to be included with the editorial item.
When viewing the editorial item, the author's name will act as a link to anything he or she has written on the Web site. Typically, the articles are listed descending chronologically.
If the author has an email address, the system will include an encrypted link allowing the reader to send a letter to the author. the encryption feature assures that the author's email address will not be picked up for spam purposes.
Don't worry is there's no author visual, the Linear system will still perform all the same functions, but the layout will be slightly different as the author's text information will be included below the title line.
Of course, your Linear system can be configured to allow editorial searches based on the author's name.