Bio

Lynne was born in Texas and grew up in Pennsylvania, thinking she was destined to become a world-famous ballerina. She even studied dance for her first year of college, but grew tired of salads and broken toes and so switched to electrical engineering, since her big brother was an engineer and highly recommended the profession. Unfortunately, Lynne found it tedious and so switched again, to architecture, because she felt it would satisfy both her artistic and analytical natures. Four years later, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and immediately embarked upon a career as an architect. Over the next thirty years, Lynne worked for various Rhode Island companies as well as ran a family firm with the help of her fellow-architect husband, Chris. During that time, they moved to North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and had two beautiful daughters, who have grown into beautiful adults. Julia is an art teacher/administrator in Boston and Laura is an artist/traveler in Tuscon.

Lynne began reading and writing before she went to kindergarten and has maintained a life-long love of literature. Recently, she returned to school and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Since graduating, Lynne has transitioned away from being an architect and toward becoming a full-time author, writing instructor, book coach, and editor. Her first novel, Frozen Voices, won the Fairfield Book Prize and was published by New Rivers Press in 2016. This work of historical fiction, chronicles the lives of four passengers aboard the Steamship Larchmont when she sank off the coast of Rhode Island in 1907. Lynne’s second book, Wanton at the Lighthouse, is a piece of creative non-fiction that tells the true-life stories of Wanton Chase, a young boy who lived with his grandparents at Newport’s Rose Island Lighthouse from 1910 to 1916. Wanton is scheduled to be published by Woodhall Press in Spring 2019. Lynne is currently at work writing another Lighthouse book, a young adult novel, and several articles for various magazines.

Author photo by Robert Brewster Photography

Author photo by Robert Brewster Photography

Since obtaining her MFA, Lynne has also enjoyed many teaching opportunities. So far, she has taught English composition at a community college, craft seminars for other authors, and continuing education writing classes at the University of Rhode Island. She greatly enjoys teaching and hopes to offer book-writing seminars in the near future. In the meantime, Lynne works as an associate editor of a magazine and is coaching other writers in the development of their novels and other literary projects.

When not writing, Lynne enjoys designing and crafting stained glass pieces, taking ballet classes for fun, and spending time with Chris, who is an excellent fiddle player and loves to smoke meat in their backyard. They both appreciate the company of their grumpy cat, Cricket, and are happily anticipating the arrival of their new beagle puppy this summer.

Julia, Cricket (cat), Chris, Lynne, Laura, and Bus (dog)

Julia, Cricket (cat), Chris, Lynne, Laura, and Bus (dog)