I write in black Wal-Mart capri sweatpants. They don’t start out as capris, but I routinely shrink them in the drier by accident. And I always buy black because it doesn’t show where I’ve wiped the chocolate off my hands. My previous high grade of “below average” in Domestic Achievement has dropped somewhat. But I’m less guilty about it now. I lose myself in crafting language by a window with bird feeders hanging in the branches of a Chinese elm towering over the house. When I come up for air, I hike by the ponds and along the river in a nearby forest with my beloved Lab. My husband, with whom I planted that elm as a bare root sapling, joins us when he can.
Lynne is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient who has also received repeat grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. The Language of Kin is her tenth novel and thirteenth book. Her memoir, Where The Trail Grows Faint, won the Riverteeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize and her novel, A Matter of Mercy, received the 2015 Independent Publishers Silver Medal for Best North-East Fiction. Another novel (Swimming Lessons) became a Lifetime Original Movie of the Month. More recently, The Testament of Harold's Wife was a Buzz Books Fall/Winter 2018 selection. Through the Ohio Arts Council’s renowned Arts in Education program, Lynne has taught creative writing to hundreds of schoolchildren.
Born and educated in New England, Lynne and her photographer husband live in Ohio. They are grateful parents of two, have three grandchildren and large, rowdy extended families. She hikes with her husband and their yellow Lab, Scout, Terror Of All Squirrels, who excels at playing shortstop, barking, and rolling in anything stinky on the hiking trails.