has been writing award winning poems and short stories since she was in elementary school. A University of
Calgary graduate, she has spent the last thirty years teaching children in private and public school settings, as well as volunteering in her local church Lynn says she wears a variety of hats: “Christ-follower, wife, mother, teacher and writer—in that order.”
More than a decade ago, she began writing what she thought would be a short story. “Before I knew it, I had written over 100 pages,” she says. “At first I thought the story would be for adults, but having worked with youth as a junior high teacher, I geared the plot more towards teens and young adults.”
Life got in the way of Lynn’s writing: in a handful of years, she battled breast cancer, worked on staff at (her church), helped plan her daughter’s wedding, and, in 2007, earned a Masters of Religious Education degree from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary while her “short” story took up valuable space on her computer. About two years ago Lynn “rediscovered” the manuscript and (her husband) encouraged her to get it published. God started opening doors and in November 2009, Shoot the Wounded
—a book that addresses how gossip and lies destroy a person’s spirit—was released.
Asked what an average writing day entails, Lynn just laughs. Lately she has immersed herself in promoting her book. She enjoys networking with seasoned authors who have shared their writing expertise with her. "I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Caleb Dow Booth, who created the cover design of my book—and has agreed to do the remaining covers in the ‘Wounded Trilogy
.’” Lynn hopes to have the sequel, Heal the Wounded
, released before Christmas, and the final book, Love the Wounded
, released late in 2011.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Lynn doesn’t refer to herself as a survivor: “I’m a thriver!” she says. Heal the Wounded
has the mother of one of the main characters go through breast cancer, and much of her story will be based on Lynn’s experiences.
When Lynn is in writing mode she tends to neglect vacuuming, dusting, cooking … “Oh, who am I kidding?” she admits, “I neglected all that before; now I have a good excuse to have cobwebs on my vacuum cleaner!”
An outdoor girl at heart, Lynn’s hobbies include camping, boating and fishing. “When I go camping, I usually take five books and devour them over a weekend,” says this avid reader, who hasn’t found time to read since writing her own book. In Lynn’s blog, “Journey Thoughts
,” she shares her daily Christian walk. Sometimes she “skips pleasantly alongside God, enjoying sweet conversation together”; other times, when she runs ahead, following her own direction, she can grow weary and discouraged. However, in the midst of sorrow or sunshine, she is never alone. “God is in control,” she encourages her readers. “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”