About

I don’t have much of a “bio”. No awards, or contracts with publishing houses, or five star reviews (except for a few on Amazon). I don’t have letters after my name either, no English degree, no Ivy League schools. I haven’t worked as an editor, or as a writer, never published any articles. After reading other bloggers’ bios, I have decided that mine is pretty average, ho hum, boring. So read on at your own risk.

I spent thirty years in IT and now I like to call myself a writer, because I’ve written three books and this blog. You be the judge.

I like to read, and I like to read good stuff. Serious women’s fiction, and comic women’s fiction, and anything written by Jonathan Franzen or Scott Spencer. Books that Oprah recommends are usually good reads, books either men or women would like, and books that get both one and five-star reviews on Amazon. A book can only be great if a lot of people hate it.

I’ve been a reader since I was a little kid. That’s because I was a loner. And that’s because I didn’t have many friends. And that’s because I was kind of strange. In the end, I decided to conform and become less strange, but in hindsight, I would have been better off if I’d just rejected the call to be sociable and continued down that strange path.

There was a climbable tree in my backyard when I was a kid. I nailed a board up in the branches so I could climb up there and read. That’s a little strange, in itself. To this day, I’m not quite sure why I did that. The library was a couple of blocks from my house, and I walked over there a lot. There was a youth section upstairs and I was pretty much a regular there.

Then I grew up and went to college, and soon after graduating became a wife and then a mother. I decided to be strange again, grew my hair long and hung out with artists and made sand-casted plaster hanging pots and turned the house into a macrame jungle. In the late seventies I became a women’s-libber and went back to school and learned how to be a programmer. That’s what they called us back then. Programmers. Then it was IT Professionals or Developers. Now we, in this esteemed profession of the middle class, are referred to as “butts in seats”. That’s why I decided to retire early.

For the same thirty years I was in IT, I have also wanted to write a book. Finally, after thinking about it for a very long time, it seemed like it might be good to actually do something about that. No snap decisions for me. I wrote my first novel, which gave new meaning to the phrase “this sucks”. While I was writing my first novel, the idea for the second came to me. The two stories were written in tandem, more or less. The second was published first (by me, after receiving lots of rejections) and the first was re-written.

Write what you know. That’s what they always say. And what do I know? I take snippets of characters and events, real or imagined, and create fiction. I observe people, hopefully I’m not staring too much, and make up stories about what is happening with them. No one wants to read about the exciting world of IT, but even that can fill up a chapter or two. It seems easier, also, to write about locations I’m familiar with so I write about my hometown, and where I went to college, and places I’ve lived.

So. I’m a self-published author, and I dabble in photography (“dabble” being the key word here). I believe I can recognize good photography but in the digital age, it doesn’t take much to snap a pretty good photo. That must piss off a lot of really talented photographers. I’m interested in photo editing and I’ve created my own book covers, and formatted the files for both POD books and ebooks. That’s the advantage of having background in IT, being semi-technical.

In 2011 I started this blog. It’s been growing steadily but hasn’t exactly gone viral. There is so much good stuff out there in the blog world, it’s a challenge to be competitive. One thing that had to go was the goody-goody bio that is being replaced with this more tell-it-like-it-really-is.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. WERE YOU A STUDENT OF MINE IN OLEAN HS?? yOU ARE LISTED ON MY FACEBOOK AS A FRIND OF A NUMBER OF MY STUDENTS.

    ENJOYED READING YOUR ARTICLE HELPING PROSPECTIVE AUTHORS TO CORRECT THEIR MISTAKES. WILL CONTACT YOU ON FACEBOOK.

    I write an anlysis of a NBA player on the NJ Nets under Bob Sassone.
    See sashavujacic18.com for my articles. Grammer is not my strong point!

    • I think I friended you a while ago on Facebook, at the suggestion of Ruthie Anderson. I don’t think I had you for history but I did go to OHS, my maiden name was Voorhees. I am going to check out your articles and thanks for your interest!

  2. Lynn: I hardly ever go on Facebook and today, what do I find but you and what you are doing. How wonderful!!! You are a person after my own heart. I know that there is a great love story in me but it may never get out. I am working on a cookbook and a gardening book for my garden club in Sarasota. What state are you in? Florida? Clearwater? If so, would love to see you. Penny

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  3. I think that with any discipline whether it be writing, painting, photography or whatever one must always try and try, and try again, the adventure is part of the journey, and the reward is the delight in one’s own determination to succeed…

    I wish you well in your quest 🙂

    Androgoth

  4. Hi Lynn,
    U wrote an article on my sister, Holly, Life is Good no Matter What, when u attended her funeral in November.

    My foundation, Life is Good no Matter What is searching for a professional writer. There is so much that has happened for our foundation in a positive way.

    If u are interested please contact me via email at thaslinger29@gmail.com or cell no @
    330.322.1067.

    We have not launched website yet but are looking to do so by end of September.

    Life is Good no Matter What,

    Troy Haslinger
    Co-Founder and Chair
    Life is Good no Matter What
    thaskinger29@gmail.com
    330.322.1067

  5. Hi, Lynn. I just saw your wonderful review of The Seneca Scourge on Amazon.com. Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to do that. As you know, early reviews are so important, and I appreciate you reading the novel, especially since it’s not your usual genre.

    Given you are one of the first seven blog followers to review it, I will send you a signed paperback copy when it’s available if you’d like (should be in about 3-4 weeks). Just email me at carrierubin1@gmail.com with your address. Don’t worry–I’ll delete your address when I’m done. It won’t go on any lists. 🙂 Or, if you want to give it as a gift to someone, let me know who to sign it, too.

    Thanks again!!

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